Getting Chased By An Eastern Brown Snake…

… And beating up crocodiles.

Australia is a scary place to live, we know that. Snakes, spiders, sharks, killer jellyfish and crocodiles top the list of Australia’s dangerous creatures. For most people though, it’s snakes and spiders that cause the most concern, because they inhabit the same space as us humans.

Land.

Some of you may have already read my post about my first real live encounter with a wild snake here in Australia. If you haven’t, why not check it out now and watch the video of me “chasing” an Eastern Brown with my camera in my hand.

But I’m not the only one to have chased a brown snake with my camera in my hand, oh no. And this guy’s snake is a little bit bigger than my one and it’s somewhat more aggressive. For me, there’s two ways of interpreting this video. But I think I’ll let you watch it first and I’ll talk about that after.

Here’s the video…..

As I said, there’s two ways of looking at this video. First, you could say “Wow, those snakes are scary! Cancel Australia, I ain’t going!”

Or you could say “Wow, that poor snake, he just wants to be left alone!”

And he does. That’s all he wants, just to be left alone.

A bit of background. The film has been taken by a snake catcher. He has just removed this snake from inside a bush hotel and is returning it to the wild. So he sort of knows what he’s doing.

As for the snake, he just doesn’t like being chased. And why should he? So, at first, he just turns around and gives the guy a look, a tongue wiggle, and then continues on his way. That would have been enough to send most of us packing. But the snake catcher still follows.

So then the snake turns around and gives a little chase, as if to say “Dude, get off my back!” If the guy had walked away then, that would have been the end of it. But he didn’t.

So he got another warning, this one a little more aggressive “Look, I won’t tell you again mate!” Still he didn’t listen so the snake simply upped the aggression until finally, “Ok, next time I’m going to bite, now LEAVE ME ALONE!”

The video ends abruptly, but on the basis that Greg Wallis, who I think made the video, has put quite a few more up since then, well, we can assume he survived.

I am hoping that rather than being scary, this video shows you that all you need to do is walk away if you see a snake. That’s it. And I hope you can also see that snakes have no interest in hunting humans. They know they can’t eat a whole one.

So, you have to ask, what have you got to do to get bitten by a snake around here? I suspect you need to either tread on one by accident or handle one badly. Or go snake chasing! Let’s reverse engineer that.

How to Avoid Being Bitten By a Snake in Australia.

  • Be careful where you tread.
  • Don’t pick up snakes.
  • Don’t go snake chasing.

Beating up Crocodiles?

Recently there was a headline in the newspapers “Man swimming with daughters fights off 3m crocodile at Weipa“. That was in the Herald Sun.

Shortly after that, I saw this headline “Fisherman fights off 4m saltwater croc” in The Australian.

Hello, somebody is exaggerating, I thought. One minute it’s a 3 metre croc and now its 4 metres? But no, there was no exaggeration at all. It was two separate incidents and both took place in Weipa, Far North Queensland.

The first attack was on a 37-year-old man who was swimming in a waterhole with his two teenage daughters. He punched the crocodile on the snout and gouged his eyes to escape. I couldn’t find his name anywhere but I suspect it’s probably Popeye.

And the second attack was on Todd Bairstow, a 28-year-old miner. That fight apparently lasted a staggering 40 minutes before local man, Kevin Bevin, whacked the croc with a tree branch until it let go.

See, Australia, not so scary after all.

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  • teejay November 9, 2014, 12:07 pm | Link

    I hope next time you pester a poor snake it turns around and bites you! You deserve it!! The poor thing just wanted to be left alone and yet you constantly irritated it and tried to make it chase you.

    • BobinOz November 10, 2014, 1:32 pm | Link

      Lighten up, the snake wasn’t exactly being tortured. As the disclaimer goes “no snakes were harmed during the making of this movie”.

  • Francesca November 7, 2014, 12:37 am | Link

    Hi Bob! That was a great video albeit, scary stuff how quickly that snake could move! We just moved from Canada recently and now live on rural property on the upper Sunshine Coast. Of course we were apprehensive at moving to Australia due to the poisonous snakes and insects, especially because we’ve brought 4 dogs and 2 cats with us. But it turns out it’s the bloody deadly paralysis tick that we hadn’t even heard about until we moved into our new place and we’re alerted to by the neighbours! Now that thing sounds terrifying as you can hardly see the evil bugger until it’s too late! Safe to say we’ve got our pets straight on a preventative regime and all should be good, but I also feel a little less worried thanks to the video that the eastern brown would rather flee than turn tail to strike you! Also good to know that you can get those snake pulse thingies you plant in the ground that should deter them from your living area. Just don’t tell me those don’t work..I’d rather be blissfully ignorant!
    great work by the way, I’ll be a regular visitor thanks!

    • BobinOz November 7, 2014, 10:11 pm | Link

      Yes, it was great, glad it wasn’t me holding the camera 🙂

      I suspect you were a little apprehensive, you don’t get too many deadly spiders or scary snakes in Canada, I shouldn’t think. Then we don’t get too many grizzly bears 🙂

      Ah, the paralysis tick, nasty indeed. Even the preventative stuff for pets isn’t foolproof, but it’s better than nothing. I’ve written quite a few posts about the tick, see…

      https://www.bobinoz.com/blog/10687/australias-killer-creatures-the-silent-assassin-is-back/

      One last thing, those snake pulse thingies don’t work. Oh, sorry, I’ve just read your last bit, you didn’t want to know that did you? 🙂

  • russell coight February 25, 2014, 5:32 pm | Link

    That poor snake. The guy was harrassing it. He just lucky he didnt trip over, u think he would learn after the first time, he wasnt being chased by a snake, he was chasing the snake. Live n let live

    • BobinOz February 26, 2014, 12:19 am | Link

      Well, we’ve already established that the cameraman is a nutter, he actually popped by a while ago and left a comment above, is name is Greg Wallis. He knows what he’s doing though, click on his name above his comment and you’ll get to his wildlife photo gallery.

      No snakes were harmed in the making of the video either, and as he didn’t fall over, neither was he.

  • John November 24, 2012, 9:24 pm | Link

    Bob & Celeste( always liked that name), the general rule of thumb here in OZ, is that every snake is considered dangerous. Possible exceptions being pythons or green tree snakes. The rather mundane looking brown snake is well worth avoiding! I’m not sure what venom the water moccasin might pack, but, London to a brick, I’d wager the brown snake beats it x 10!

  • Celeste October 11, 2012, 6:41 am | Link

    Hello Bob!

    Have to agree with you about snakes; they are afraid of us and just want to be left alone. I live in southern Louisiana and honestly, we probably have MORE snakes than you do in Australia. Seriously! There’s lots of swamp land here; our most notorious venomous snake is the cottonmouth water mocassion.

    This snake can get truely big; we have a pond on our property and I’ve seen several 5-6 feet long. They are highly poisonous but don’t generally bite (although it does happen sometimes). But they won’t bother you. Mostly when I’ve seen them they are in the process of eating a bullfrog or nutria (a type of large rat we have here).

    I’m not saying they don’t scare me! We can’t really leave our doors wide open when the weather is nice; I’ve had one slither inside the house, and that was not fun!

    This is a neat website all about cottonmouths:
    http://www.cottonmouthsnake.org/

    Have a great day!
    Celeste

    • BobinOz October 11, 2012, 10:50 pm | Link

      Nice website Celeste, and my, what a big mouth those snakes have got! Yes, generally speaking if we leave snakes alone, they will leave us alone, but there’s always those sudden and abrupt meetings that can go so horribly wrong.

      Cheers

      Bob

  • greg wallis October 11, 2011, 4:22 pm | Link

    Hi Bob
    loved your little blurb on my Brown Snake video. Very sensible… yes all you have to do to avoid being bitten by a snake is to leave it alone…. they really do try their best to keep out of your way.
    cheers

    Greg

    • BobinOz October 12, 2011, 8:07 pm | Link

      Hi Greg

      Crikey! It’s you! The nutter with the camera who chases brown snakes!

      You are a brave dude, I assume you know what you’re doing? Of course, I’ve got my own “brown snake chasing video”, the link to it is in the post. I’m just not as good at it as you are.

      Thanks for popping by, and thanks for creating such a wonderful video. You nutter!

  • BobinOz April 15, 2011, 7:42 pm | Link

    Thanks for the compliments Melissa, I always love those. I have a few posts in here about Alice Springs, hope you’ve seen them. And loads more posts about snakes.

    I didn’t see a single snake when I was in and around Alice Springs, but they’ll be there!

    Cheers

    Bob

  • Melissa April 14, 2011, 5:49 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    I came across your blog when I googled “deaths from snake bites in Australia.” Thank you so much for this post! It puts my mind at ease. We are an American family moving to Alice Springs this summer and I have been reading everything I need to know about the area. Your blog is wonderful and insightful.
    Best, Melissa

  • Matt April 13, 2011, 6:31 pm | Link

    Well I am underestimating Australian animals a bit… Australia has probably the 3rd or 4th most dangerous animals out of every continent… Asia and Africa are by FAR the top 2…Then its probably either Australia or North America for 3rd/4th spot…not sure who comes 3rd and who 4th.

    Hope everything is good Bob…Peace

  • Matt April 11, 2011, 11:54 am | Link

    Yes all continents except for Europe and Antarctica has more dangerous animals…

    • BobinOz April 11, 2011, 11:43 pm | Link

      I wasn’t just thinking of the animals though. Wars in Africa, guns in America, Australia starts to sound really safe.

  • Matt April 4, 2011, 9:10 am | Link

    “See, Australia, not so scary after all.”

    It isn’t…. Atleast compared to some other continents.

    • BobinOz April 4, 2011, 11:32 pm | Link

      Sure, plenty of scarier continents than Oz, probaly all of them!

  • Matt April 4, 2011, 9:09 am | Link

    ughhhh… Come on Bob… I thought I taught you better than this…..

    • BobinOz April 4, 2011, 11:30 pm | Link

      I don’t remember you teaching me anything Matt.

  • BobinOz April 3, 2011, 9:26 pm | Link

    Hi Brendan

    Great to hear from you and sounds like you might well be returning to your home country soon, maybe you just need to convince the wife?

    I really appreciate your kind comments and I’m glad you are enjoying my blog. I’m going to keep writing it, I hope you continue to read it. Let’s hope it also helps in convincing your wife that it’s time to give Australia a go.

    Hope to see you in Brisbane soon.

    Cheers

    Bob

  • Brendan March 31, 2011, 9:01 am | Link

    Bob,

    I just want to say thank you foor an incredibly entertaining blog site. I am an Aussie living in the USA with my wife and three children and am thinking of moving to Brisbane. I found your site by enquiring into utility bills and have been reading your entries for a solid two hours. The only problem is, I’m supposed to be working! I can’t wait to show my wife some of this, especially about the fact that our wildlife just want to be left alone. Also, I really appreciated your comments on how to break it to the in-laws. Cheers

  • BobinOz March 22, 2011, 12:19 am | Link

    And the lesson is, choose your diving buddy carefully, with an emphasis on slow.

  • Gordon March 20, 2011, 6:10 pm | Link

    When it comes to sharks , it’s often said in diving that you should always dive with a buddy .

    It’s also said if you should encounter one , you don’t have to try and outswim the shark , all you have to do is outswim your buddy 😉

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