It seems ages since I last wrote anything about snakes in Australia, let’s put that straight today. Of course, today is Friday which means we get a YouTube video, except today we are going to get three.
Different people will tell you different things about snakes and there is a massive difference between snakes being aggressive and NOT being aggressive. So which is true?
Only the other day I was talking to somebody who investigated a noise in his back garden (his garden backs onto the bush) and saw a snake which simply slithered away.
At work the next day he described the experience to be told by a colleague…
“You were lucky, that sounds like an eastern brown, I’m surprised it didn’t chase you. They are very aggressive you know.”
“Poppycock!” I said when I heard this story.
Poppycock, by the way, is a quaint little British term for nonsense and although I could have said nonsense, sometimes I prefer to say poppycock.
Are Australian snakes aggressive?
And the reason I say its poppycock is because the eastern brown snake isn’t naturally aggressive, if it were then Australia would be a scary place in which to live. We would have one of the worlds most venomous snakes aggressively attacking humans on a daily basis, wouldn’t we?
But we don’t.
Snakes, I suspect, are probably just like any other species, including humans. Some may be aggressive when they feel threatened, but the vast majority I’m sure are not.
Here’s our first video. Although snake deaths have risen slightly in recent years here, snake expert Rex Neindorf explains why you shouldn’t be scared of snakes in Australia. This is a fresh video on YouTube, only went live last week…
Well, that’s something isn’t it? Australian snakes don’t have heat sensors, that’s good! But the idea of “standing still” if a snake is nearby, he’s got to be joking, hasn’t he?
Well, this guy puts it to the test with one of Australia’s ‘most aggressive’ snakes, the eastern brown…
Finally, let’s take a look at an expert catching an eastern brown. As you probably know, I’ve done a little bit of ‘snake catching’ of my own before, although mine wasn’t so much snake catching as snake shooing away; with a broom.
If you haven’t seen that before, I suggest you make a cup of tea, coffee or if it is your preference, grab a tinnie of your favourite brew and head on over to my post What Happens When a Snake Enters Your House?
Then sit back, relax, and have a good laugh at my full-length video of exactly what did happen when a snake entered my house.
Then you can come back here and see how an expert does it. Here’s George the Byron Bay Snake Man…
See, that’s better, another post about snakes. I looked it up, it has been a long time, you have to go way back to 25 September, that’s over two months ago, for my last post on the subject which was called The Australian Snake Season Part 2: Avoiding Snake Encounters.