Monday, February 18, 2008
I went looking for snakes today....
I went looking for snakes today. I wanted to take a couple of photos but it was a bit hot and I couldn't be bothered walking down the hill. A large black tiger snake likes to bask in the sun atop a pile of rocks, halfway down the hill.. and it is a bit of a bugger of a walk.
So I wandered over to a pile of car parts instead. I know that there is a tiger snake that lurks over here. I heard some likely sounding rustlings but didn't see any snakes..
Witchypoo has mentioned a couple of times that she is a bit concerned that my frogponds will attract snakes.. So I thought that I had better take some pics and give her a better idea of the sort of country I live in.
This is part of my front yard. As you can see I don't live in suburbia and I am lucky enough to share my home with heaps of wildlife.. including all three types of Tasmanian snakes.
This is looking down the hill, the one I couldn't be bothered walking down earlier.
I have only been 'surprised' by a snake three times in my adult life, one of those times was when one of the cats brought me a young tiger snake as a gift..It was still alive but luckily it was only a baby. I get glimpses of a small copperhead hunting near one of the ponds occasionally but I have only ever see the flash of a tail disappearing.
I like snakes but I also treat them with respect. We taught the children 'snake safe' behaviour when they were very young.
My children walked down this dirt road to catch the school bus at the corner. Today David mentioned that on the walk home he saw a copperhead at the corner and then halfway home he saw a tiger snake disappearing into the scrub. Dave spoke about seeing the snakes as casually as a city kid would mention seeing an ice cream van on a hot day..It is something that you expect to see...
Posted by frog ponds rock... at 8:42 PM