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…
I 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…
I’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…
As you can see from this picture…
…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…