A couple of days ago a photo news story about a Tasmanian whitelip snake was published.
Immediately I recognised the snake in the photo as looking the same as the two I have seen on my walks and which I have discussed in a couple of recent posts. Now I don’t care if guidelines indicate my snakes were longer than the normal range and nor do I care that some people swear what I saw could not be a White Lip – I feel convinced about the identity as a White Lip. Next time I come across one in the wilds I will look for the white lip – but I am not hoping to see another. This and the other two Tasmanian snakes are all venomous.
On the theme of snakes, while making a quick trip inland to walk a small ‘gap’along the Derwent during this past week, I saw hanging dead over a rural gate the largest fattest going on for two metres long black (which I assume was a Tiger) snake that I have ever seen. Someone obviously thought this would amuse passers-by. I decided not to photograph and publish the snake because I thought the image might frighten my friends and relatives who always worry for me when I am in the bush. I have never seen such a large snake in the Tasmanian wilds (although I have been up close and almost too personal with deadly King Brown snakes in the Northern Territory in northern Australia).
I’ve heard people leave dead snakes hanging over fences ‘as a warning’ to other snakes – this is what will happen if you come here!! Don’t know if it works (I doubt it 🙂 )
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Perhaps I should gather a few dead ones and strew them in my walking path.