Update: A Warning
Do not try this at home!
I have had several people contact me, including born and bred Aussies and one or two snake experts, and on reflection what I do in this video is really stupid.
Many snakes in Australia are extremely dangerous and can kill, and snake identification isn’t straightforward, even for experts. I may have thought I identified the snake as you will see in the video, but I am not even close to being a snake expert.
I am closer to being an idiot.
I should have called a snake catcher and if you find yourself with a snake in your house, so should you.
So, on with the post now and if you came here from YouTube, you can continue watching the video below after reading the full story…
What Happens When a Snake Enters Your House?
And it’s six-foot long!
Well, here’s exactly what did happen. To me. Yesterday. In my house. Yes, BobinOz’s house. No, I’m not kidding.
Of course, being BobinOz, the first thing I did when I saw a snake in my house, was grab my video camera. Once I’d secured it on my tripod and was pointing it in the right direction, that’s when I started working on my plan of action. And you can see it all as the drama unfolds in this virtually un-edited video.
I say virtually, because in all I captured 19 minutes of video, that’s how long this drama lasted. But for you I’ve reduced it down to 12 minutes. Nothing much happened during the other 7 minutes, apart from me trying to think, which doesn’t make any sound and is not good video viewing. So that’s why I cut it out. Anyway, without further ado, meet……
BobinOz: The Snake Catcher!
Note: if the snake isn’t big enough for you, this video has been recorded in HD, so you can always go full screen. Also, do not click on either of the two annotations that pop-up early on in this video, they are for YouTube viewers only to bring them to this page; you are already here.
Here’s the video…
Well, snake catcher was a little bit of exaggeration, I never caught him. Maybe I can call myself a snake relocator.
Anyway, if you’re thinking of moving to Australia, or you’re already here, that video may have scared the pants off you. But there’s more to this story than you see here. So if you come back on Friday, maybe I can put your mind at rest. You will also be able to watch Snake in the House: The Video Analysis
Really, it’s not as bad as it seems.
For those who want to have a go at identifying this snake, here are a couple of images.
First, here is the snake all coiled up and hiding behind the cupboard, it was this photo that made me believe (rightly or wrongly, I still don’t really know) that it was a green tree snake…
Then there is this full-length image of a snake just after I’d forced it out from behind the cupboard. Please excuse the dirty floor, but it’s where I normally throw my garden boots. Here is the snake…
If you think you know what kind of snake this is, do let me know in the comments below.