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Peter Fitness

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Close Call
« on: October 20, 2014, 05:00:52 AM »

Most people know that Australia is home to some of the most dangerous creatures on earth, snakes, spiders and crocodiles, to name a few, and I had a sharp reminder of that fact this morning.


I was walking out the back of our farm, looking at the cattle, when I heard a rustle in the grass as an Eastern Brown Snake struck at me. I had obviously startled it, but nowhere near as much as it startled me :o , and its strike was more of a warning than a serious attempt to bite me. It was about 2 metres away, and after striking it immediately disappeared under some dead leaves. It's Spring here now, a time when snakes can be very active, although they are not often seen, as they tend to move away as soon as they feel the vibrations of an approaching person or large animal. I must admit some complacency about the presence of snakes, they are there but rarely seen. However, on the way back to the house I was rather more vigilant than on the outward journey.


The Eastern Brown is the second most deadly snake in the world, after the Australian Inland Taipan, but is one of the biggest causes of snake bite, mainly because they are quite common in the more populated areas of Australia. The bite, if not treated fairly quickly, can be fatal, so I count myself quite lucky. I will keep a sharp lookout, and carry a big stick, in future O0


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Re: Close Call
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2014, 07:53:01 AM »

Blimey Peter, it just goes to show, we are never too old to learn lessons in life. Glad this worked out okay for you....
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Re: Close Call
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2014, 07:59:10 AM »

had a taste of one once whilst trekking with a mate in the outback..............quite tasty.....get yer own back time it was. :embarrassed:
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Re: Close Call
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2014, 08:36:01 AM »

had a taste of one once whilst trekking with a mate in the outback..............quite tasty.....get yer own back time it was. :embarrassed:

No can do anymore, because they are all now a protected specie you are not allowed to bite back, but have to relocate them %%  %%
gently, gently easy does it yeh right.

Ankle boots around the farm time by the look of it.
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Re: Close Call
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2014, 09:57:05 AM »

glad you are ok...like your little windows of life on the other side of the world.....tony
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Re: Close Call
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2014, 09:59:21 AM »

Hello

I have just spoken about your message to my neighbor.
At the idea of seeing you dying she cries a lot.
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Re: Close Call
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2014, 10:23:13 AM »

 :-)) Last time I had a close call was when the wife found out how much I spent on my latest boat,Ray. :-)) :-)) :-))
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Re: Close Call
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2014, 10:23:46 AM »

Yep you re locate them after you belt them over the head  <*<    :-)
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Re: Close Call
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2014, 11:43:14 AM »

 
As you say, "close call!"

Did the Eastern Brown Snake cause  Australian brown trousers?!!
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Re: Close Call
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2014, 12:17:09 PM »

Between this and the discovery of a puppy sized spider in South America........ personally I'm never leaving the UK again :o :o :o :o
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« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2014, 12:23:23 PM »

 {:-{ Mind you Scorpions have been found in the London docks and that was in the 1960s when I lived at Rotherhithe,they are still there I am told in Canada water,Ray. :((
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« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2014, 12:29:41 PM »

or eating bananas!  O0 O0 O0
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« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2014, 12:31:35 PM »

as a spiderphobic, dont show any, non in the UK, have you seen the size they have been getting to lately - shuuuuudddddeeeeerrrr
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Re: Close Call
« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2014, 01:33:06 PM »

 :P As I live in a house full of women the spider word is a no no,Ray. 8) 8) 8)
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Re: Close Call
« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2014, 02:30:06 PM »

Lucky you! This is what passes for a snake here in Spain, a Horseshoe whiptail, this is a baby I rescued earlier this year, its about a 1ft long, they can get as big as 4ft.

But we have to be vigilant against insects, there are about a dozen here that can put you in hospital with their bites or stings. What about this wasp attacking a tarantula? I put the third one in so you can see the size of the spider against my finger. The wasp came back later and ate it.

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Re: Close Call
« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2014, 05:22:54 PM »

Me wife is on off talking about us moving to Australia but if she see this post it will never happen  {:-{
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« Reply #17 on: October 20, 2014, 05:41:41 PM »

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Me wife is on off talking about us moving to Australia but if she see this post it will never happen

Just tell her that some of the venomous spiders have a habit of hiding under toilet seats....
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« Reply #18 on: October 20, 2014, 05:49:21 PM »

Just tell her that some of the venomous spiders have a habit of hiding under toilet seats....
Which I say is damned unsporting!
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Which I say is damned unsporting!

Absolutely, as it can lead to an attack of the Dire Rear....
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« Reply #20 on: October 20, 2014, 05:56:10 PM »

 {-) Ouch ! {-)
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« Reply #21 on: October 20, 2014, 06:03:07 PM »

The most venomous critter in Europe isn't anything that walks , slithers , flies or crawls... it swims

Yup the small Lesser Weever is a right old nasty piece of work , it buries itself into the sand in shallow water , usually where a lot of people go swimming......

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« Reply #22 on: October 20, 2014, 06:46:00 PM »

I know that one, it's actually very tasty, used to catch them, hold them with pliers and cut of the fillets the rest goes overboard again.
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Re: Close Call
« Reply #23 on: October 20, 2014, 11:00:46 PM »

Did the Eastern Brown Snake cause  Australian brown trousers?!!


Very nearly Martin {-) 


As a couple of the other Aussies have said, given the chance you "relocate" snakes, after anaesthetising them with the back of a shovel. Browns need a bit of caution though, as they can be very aggressive, and are extremely quick, and my reactions aren't what they used to be <:( . Perhaps a pair of jeans may be more appropriate than shorts next time.


Red back spiders were immortalised in Australia in the song "There was a red back on the toilet seat", referring to a time when many houses had outside toilets. Words here -
http://www.poemhunter.com/best-poems/satan-s-sibling/redback-on-the-toilet-seat-lyrics-famed-aussie-poem/


We used to see a lot of red backs, but they seem to have disappeared, thankfully. They are not in the least aggressive, you have to actually touch one before it will bite, not that I've ever tried :-) , but you need to be aware that they may be around.


Actually, anyone thinking of visiting Australia needn't worry about all the dangerous creatures, you hardly ever see them - (they just sneak up on you when you least expect it %%  ) At least we don't have crocodiles where I live (the sharks ate them all %) )


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Re: Close Call
« Reply #24 on: October 21, 2014, 02:31:17 AM »


Very nearly Martin {-) 


Actually, anyone thinking of visiting Australia needn't worry about all the dangerous creatures, you hardly ever see them - (they just sneak up on you when you least expect it %% ) At least we don't have crocodiles where I live (the sharks ate them all %) )


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Your right Peter it's not a problem at the moment as it isn't election time yet but when it is, that's when they, the pollies, AKA dangerous creatures, sneak up on you
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