wife Jen and I love to visit the beautiful country cemeteries
around the Northern Rivers. They are picturesque, peaceful,
and you get a real sense of the history of the area. Usually
the only souls you encounter are those of the departed, but
on one such recent visit, we encountered a living soul [of a
slightly different variety].
we approached one particular grave, a large brown coloured snake
rose up to greet us. After the initial surprise, we moved closer
to check him out and soon realized that he was partially trapped
under the large marble slab on top of the grave.
know a little bit about snakes as I have had some training with
their rescue, but I am by no means an expert. I could not be
sure of the identity of this snake at first glance, but there
was no way I could leave him trapped like this as he was baking
in the hot sun and being attacked by birds.
slab was incredibly heavy and I could not budge it with my bare
hands, so I fetched a tyre lever from my car and was able to
lever the slab enough to allow the snake to escape to the safety
of my snake bag which is always on hand in my car for just such
the snake was dehydrated and had scale damage, he was taken
into care and subsequently identified as a Green Tree Snake
[non venomous] covered in brown mud from the red soil contained
beneath the grave slab. He was given a few days R&R, cleaned
up and subsequently released back to the area he was found.
may notice in this photo that his eyes seem opaque - this is
usually a sign of a snake about to shed his skin and this fellow
was in the process of doing just that, probably in an attempt
to escape the clutches of the grave.
of the story - most brown snakes are NOT actually Eastern
Brown Snakes, but merely "brown coloured" snakes. Don't kill
a snake because it is a snake…….just leave the poor bugger alone,
and it will generally go away [although this one wasn't going
large percentage of people who get bitten by snakes are in the
process of trying to kill them. If you have a real problem with
the location of a snake, you must get in touch with your local
wildlife group or a registered snake handler so it can be professionally
moved from harms way.