Ticks and Snakes in Australia: Welcome to Summer

I spoke to somebody on Sunday evening who explained that their dog “lost its bark” recently as if it had been to a cup final to cheer its team on and there was extra time. Turns out though that this can often be one of the first signs that your pet dog has been the victim of a tick attack.

I first told you about ticks in my post called The Life of a Tick and again when I was called into action to save Morgan the cat in my post Australia’s Killer Creatures: The Silent Assassin is Back.

Luckily my friend was aware of the symptoms so immediately searched for and found an attached tick. Her pet is now recovering at the vets which, unfortunately, will be quite an expensive experience for the owner.

On the same day I was walking in my back garden and as I went past my Bug Eater…

Bug EaterI saw something I haven’t seen since The Day a Snake Entered My House; the tail of a snake disappearing from view. Yes, just as I walked past that Bug Eater I saw a snake coil up and disappear completely behind the device.

Having only seen the tail, and briefly, I had no idea what kind of snake this was, so I went to grab my camera. I was only gone a minute or so and when I returned, I took some pictures from behind the Bug Eater…

No snakeI’m only posting one of those pictures here because they all looked pretty much like the one above. I took 13 pictures in all, but the result was the same; no matter which angle the picture had been taken from, there was no sign of any snake whatsoever.

I looked all around the garden, the snake was nowhere to be seen, could it have really slithered away so fast?

44 minutes later Mrs Bob returned home. I explained to her that there had been an unidentified snake in the back garden and that she should be vigilant for a while in case it was still about.

Where was it?” She asked.

So I showed her, and who would have thought? The snake was there! You can see him clearly in this picture…

Yes snake… which was time stamped exactly 44 minutes after the first photograph.

As you can see from this picture…

Snake belly…the snake appears to be an olive colour with a yellowish underbelly, that tends to make me think it was again just another harmless green tree snake. I wouldn’t want to put that to the test though, it could also have been a young Eastern Brown and they can kill.

I rattled the Bug Eater a bit, the snake moved but he wouldn’t come out, nothing doing. So I left him to it, but I did check the next day and could see no sign of him at all.

The big question

So, did the snake really slide off when I went to get my camera? Remember, I was only gone for about a minute, maybe less. And did it manage to disappear completely from view in that short time and hide elsewhere?

When I had finished taking my photographs and gone back inside, did the snake then decide to return and wrap himself behind the very same Bug Eater so he was completely hidden from view?

If that is what the snake did do, it strikes me as quite strange behaviour.

The alternative is that the snake didn’t move away when I got my camera and that he was there all the time. Maybe he was able to hide himself so well that he could not be seen in any of those 13 photographs? Maybe there’s a little hollow behind that Bug Eater that the snake can snuggle right into?

Maybe the snake is still there now, even though I have checked and checked again and can’t see any sign of him?

I just don’t know.

All I know for sure is summer is on its way.

A final word

I do realise that this incident may make some view feel a little uneasy. I think is a good idea to put it all into context and the best way to do that is to read my post…

snake close up

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  • Valter Russo October 13, 2014, 10:36 pm | Link

    Hi bob,

    i couldn’t resist in sharing this.
    http://img-9gag-lol.9cache.com/photo/aQp125d_700b.jpg

    cheers
    Valter Russo

    • BobinOz October 14, 2014, 1:02 pm | Link

      Well I’m glad you couldn’t resist, very funny, thank you 🙂

  • Snoskred October 6, 2014, 9:54 pm | Link

    I’ve got to a place where I can allow spiders to live happily as long as they understand outside is their home, and inside is mine. They have an important job to do, and I’m not going to interfere with it.

    I even allow them to remain in the chook pen, because they can catch a lot of flies and mozzies there, which is all brilliant stuff.

    The other half can collect up ones that come inside and take them outside, I’m fine with that. But if I’m here on my own and one appears on my floor or walls, it will likely be smooshed. This is bad karma for me, and I should find another way to handle this without having to invoke deading..

    I do everything I can to encourage them to stay outside, even down to spraying doors and windows with a mix of essential oils that spiders (and ants as well which is handy) are known not to like.

    But one thing I can’t do, no matter what, is look at photos of them at night on the web without totally freaking out. Not ten minutes ago I was scrolling through my feeds and there were spider pics. My skin is still crawling from that little escapade. I’ll return tomorrow in the daylight to look at the Harry post. 🙂

    • BobinOz October 7, 2014, 8:57 pm | Link

      A friend of mine once told me that his mum would remove all kinds of intruders into her home by gently sweeping them onto a dustpan with the brush before placing them outside. I prefer putting a glass over them and then sliding a postcard underneath as my method of removal.

      Both are skills that can be honed with a little practice, much better than having them smooshed.

      Yes, sounds like Harry is best viewed during daylight for you, good luck 🙂

  • Snoskred September 30, 2014, 10:38 pm | Link

    As a person who grew up in Australia and who was quite frankly terrified of snakes for many years, until I got a zoo membership and made friends with a very special green tree snake not at all coloured like this one.. I wrote a post about my snake friend here –

    http://www.snoskred.org/2007/06/accident-of-birth-scary-country.html

    My snake friend had a lot of blue – there’s some pics of him in the post, he was so gorgeous. The snake that replaced him had more of the olive that yours has. They are truly incredible animals packed with personality and if I could own a snake a green tree snake would absolutely be the one I would choose.

    Spiders are more scary to me. I’m still working on getting over my fear of them, but I’m good with snakes now. 🙂

    • BobinOz October 1, 2014, 8:51 pm | Link

      I’ve just checked out your snake pictures, what a beautiful colour, I’m not surprised you fell in love with that green tree snake. My daughter would love that snake too, she’s very much into turquoise colours.

      Like yourself, I am fascinated by snakes, I think they are beautiful creatures. I don’t have a fear of snakes, although I am aware of the dangers, so I think respect is the word. And leave be, too many people have come a cropper trying to remove a snake from their garage or whatever, when all they need to do is walk away and the snake go in its own time.

      You should read the comments on my post about the Huntsman spider, you might start to change your mind about those critters as well.

      Wait until you meet Harry, it’s all explained in those comments.

      Cheers, Bob

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