Crikey, that’s a big one!

After feeding all the animals on the farm one afternoon recently, Jackaroo called me over to the pigeon cage. I looked inside and saw a big python curled up, with a suspiciously fat stomach. I quickly ran inside to get an old pillow case which we could use to put the snake in. Jackaroo could tell that it was a boy by the pattern on his scales. Since he was such a beautiful snake, and not overly poisonous, we decided to relocate it. It took a long time to get him out of the cage as he had barricaded himself between the roof and the chicken wire. He snapped at us as we tried to pull him out from his hiding spot. Since he had eaten one of our pigeons, though, he found it quite hard to get away – his stomach was just too round. Unfortunately, when snakes are stressed, their bowels are too… and therefore our noses. Man, snakes are putrid! I have attached a photo of me releasing the snake about 10 minutes down the road. You can see I’m trying to hold it away from my body so I didn’t get covered in his poo, as he was trying to wrap around my arm. He was about 6ft long, which is a fair size, but this species can grow over 10ft long! mms_20140102

14 Replies to “Crikey, that’s a big one!”

  1. Hi Chad, thanks for reading it! It has been extremely hot and dry. There’s a lot of cattle dying and suffering around Australia at the moment. It got to 48 degrees celsius the other week where I live. Can’t knock it though, we choose to live in this sunburnt country – and I wouldn’t change it! πŸ™‚

  2. Haha well I better have a squiz, it’s been ages since I’ve had a chance to get on here! That’s pretty good aim for your dog, bad luck for you haha!
    No need to apologise, I liked it! Haha. And I definitely understand! My mum is a girly girl, so I like to send her photos of her darling daughter covered in muck πŸ™‚

  3. Within the past ten days, I’ve written twice–TWICE–about poo. The first time my nephew was swirling it so that my brother could determine if a horse had too much sand in its system, and the second time because one of our dogs pooed on my shoe. In my life, poo happens, and with alarming regularity!

    Really, I should apologize for that last pun….

  4. Haha! I’m not scared of them, but I can understand how people can not like them. They feel horrible writhing in your hands! Your brother let one free at your school? Woah! That’s quite funny, I can imagine everyone’s reactions! No he wasn’t narrow haha.
    And you’re welcome, if there’s one thing I can educate people on, it’s animal poo – I’m covered in it regularly lol! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

  5. I don’t do snakes well. Maybe it’s because my brother used to bring them to school for show and tell and then one got loose/lost in said school, but I doubt it. And normally I’d mention the Emily Dickinson poem “A narrow fellow in the grass,” but considering the python’s size, he’s not exactly narrow!

    And I’ll remember that about snake poo. Good to know!

  6. ‘Garter Snakes’ sound cute! I must google them… Thanks, I think bravery and stupidity are determined on the outcome. Lol! This snake was easy to handle, there’s much more poisonous ones here for us to worry about πŸ™‚

  7. Wow! That is a big one. The little garter snakes here release a horrible stench when caught but they are small. I would freak out if I had to touch a python! You are brave.

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