Snake rescue

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jethro's picture

I just had to go rescue a snake from a friends aviary. It had helped itself to a bunch of birds and was lying there quite sleepy until i disturbed it with my snake hook. After I picked it up by the tail it got quite aggressive and was able to climb up its body using the very fat bump in the middle and was going to strike me so I  promptly dropped it. I then got it into the bag and took it off to a wooded area to release it so it could go lie up an enjoy its stolen fruits – er birds. 1 budgie and several finches.

This photo I took as I released it shows the very large lump in its guts!



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fmll's picture

You are braver than I! :)

You are braver than I! :)

Linda's picture

Thank so much, Tim! (and I

Thank so much, Tim! (and I hope you released it faaaaaaar away from here, LOL!)

jethro's picture

A good 2 kms away. It will

A good 2 kms away. It will need to rest for some time to digest its massive lunch! thanks for the opportunity to help out.

Doug McCaughan's picture

"Black on yellow, kill a

"Black on yellow, kill a fellow" Right?

jethro's picture

not here mate here we have 7

not here mate
here we have 7 of the 10 most deadly snakes in the world. recognition needs to be a lot better than that.
first of all work out if python or elapid (venomous) the diagonal head is the first give away - if it is python then its not venomous. the colour is not necessarily important.
if its not a python, then it still may not be venomous, but better to be safe than sorry. the venomous ones can kill you easy as.
we have taipans - fortunately not usually here, king browns, eastern browns, tiger snakes, death adders that are deadly venomous. we have had tigers and browns in our yard. taipans and death adders don't live where we are so thats nice. we mostly get pythons.

Kate Carruthers's picture

Glad to see someone helping

Glad to see someone helping out a snake rather than having the knee jerk "kill it" response. We've got a resident (non venomous) python in our back yard (here it is on flickr but we also have (poisonous) death adders, red bellied black snakes & brown snakes in the nearby bush. The python catches rats that visit the chickens next door but prefers not to visit us with the 2 dogs in the yard.

jethro's picture

thanks kate your backyard

thanks kate
your backyard resident is a beauty
seeing as we keep snakes we prefer to look after the wild ones we come across