The day was Friday, 5 February, that’s when it happened. On that day I had been living in Australia for two years, two months and 22 days, which is nice and easy to remember.
And that was the day it happened, at last! I saw my first real wild snake.
Yes, previously I had seen a carpet snake in the Botanical Gardens over at Mount Coot-tha, but I didn’t really count that. It could have been the gardens pet? Anyway, carpet snakes aren’t venomous.
Then I saw a much larger carpet snake over in Mount Tamborine while camping. But that definitely didn’t count because it was some kind of a pet, sort of, and it was in the store room of a shop. I only saw it because I was invited in.
But it was on Friday, whilst making our way to the furthest point east on Australia’s mainland over at Byron Bay, that I saw this light brown snake.
So what did I do? I chased it with my camera! BobinOz: intrepid reporter. Here’s the footage…………
So, with some irony, I saw my first Eastern Brown at the furthest point east in Australia. Browns are venomous snakes and they’re responsible for the majority of snake deaths in Australia. That said, do remember there aren’t many snake deaths here in Australia. On average, the brown kills less than one person a year.
Was I scared?
No, I wasn’t. Here’s why.
- First, it had just eaten, I could see the lump in its body, so it probably wasn’t bothered about getting more food.
- Second, it was always moving away from me, it knew I was following him and he didn’t want to know. That gave me confidence.
- Third, and most important of all, he was only about half a metre long, just a little baby. But if his mum or dad had showed up? Or even if this little titch had decided to turn around and come towards me, I would have run like Billio!
Yes, they may only kill one a year at best, but I don’t want that one to be me!
But the point is this. Two years, 2 months and 22 days, that’s how long it took me to see a real wild snake here in Australia. I know some people think we must have to fend them off daily. It’s not true.
And I live away from the city, in relative countryside, we are supposed to have more snakes around here than most. If the fear of snakes stops you from moving to Australia, you may want to think that strategy through a bit more.