Monday, 5 November 2012


Because it was a long weekend this weekend, we had time to spend most of the day out in the garden yesterday.  We watered, mulched and moved plants to new positions.  Belle worked by my side for much of the day.

We cleaned the chook shed and collected manure in the barrow.  We fertilised plants and made up a new batch of comfrey tea.

Hubby whipper snipped and the children played happily outside with us. 

Just as we were mulching the last bed Belle spotted a brown snake within a metre of us!  It was behind an empty plant pot.
At first I thought it had tied itself in knots but, no, it was wrapped around a mouse and was eating it.  Sorry about the unclear photo but I wasn't going any closer!!!

Who would've thought?!  All that activity from us should have chased it away but it looks like they've woken up hungry.  It's going to be a long and worrying summer!


purplepear said...

Yes we have had lots of snakes already this year. Very worrying especially with little ones around.

Tania said...

They are a huge worry aren't they? Especially browns. It's always at the back of my mind when I'm in the vegie garden. We've had several over the past two years. Lot's on the road this season - spotted a tiger snake on our way into town yesterday.

Busy mum of 3 said...

We spotted our first brown for the season just last week, it was in the neighbours paddock heading for our boundary fence!

We scared it back to where it came from, but I suspect not for long!

Linda said...

We've seen heaps too Kate, but I was hoping not to have any in our yard this year.

Tania, I don't think I'd worry so much except for the kids. As you say, they're always in the back of our minds, but the little ones are much more likely to walk right up to one.

That's scary Busy Mum. They're looking for food so be aware of what you've got around. Like chooks, dog food left outside etc.

Dani said...

Hectic - that ones huge!

Are they poisonous?

Linda said...

Hi Dani, wish you hadn't asked that question. I knew they were but I looked it up so I could give you correct stats. My goodness. The eastern brown is the deadliest snake in Australia! Apparently it has the second most toxic venom of any snake in the world! Damn! Now I'm REALLY scared. Oh. And did I mention they're aggressive!

livingsimplyfree said...

I am fortunate I grew up, and currently live, in an area that has no poisonous snakes. The worst we have around here are a few that are aggressive if you try to handle them, but otherwise leave you alone. We have quite a few varieties of different snakes in our field, and I enjoy watching them, of course I usually pick them all up.

Kim said...

We had a brown snake come into the shed on the weekend. I also had one wriggle through my foot steps as I was taking farm stay visitors for a walk,,,just missed stepping on it.
A good reminder for covered in shoes and looking carefully.

Joyfulhomemaker said...

we only have brown snakes out far we have had 3 this season ..2 in one day and the other was only 3 to 4 feet away from hubby the cat attacked it..we had 23last season

Linn said...

One of our kids spotted one yesterday in our backyard. It's common for us to see at least one each summer but not this early. Don't know where it went but we were a couple of eggs down yesterday! Looks like it's really going to be a baaad summer!

Margaret said...

Most snakes are on the move, either looking for food or for a breeding partner.
Watch out for food sources,we found "mice town" under a cut down 44 gallon drum used for horse feeding in the stables,no wonder the brown snakes were sunbaking outside the tackroom next door !