A snake sunning itself, keep away.


The day before yesterday while I was out on my morning walk I came across this notice.
snake notice
You can see from the date on the notice that it has been there for a few days.  It got me thinking about snakes and how they are just a natural part of Australian life.

When we lived in the country at Bywong, (which is near Bungendore, which is near Canberra, which is the national capital of Australia), we saw the occasional snake in the sixteen years we were there.  During that time no one was bitten and our dog proved to be a good warning device.  He would bark if there was any unusual wildlife around, such as snakes, echidnas or lizards.

Australia has the most dangerous snakes in the world and of the 130 species found here 100 are venomous. Australia has eight out of ten of the world’s most venomous snakes the Brown Snake, Copperhead,Western Brown, King Brown, the Red Bellied black,  Tiger, Death Adder and Taipan. Ten most dangerous snakes

You might be thinking that a visit to Australia would have you coming across a snake on every trip into the country but that is not so.   Australian snakes will not be seeking you out and for the most part will avoid contact and would only strike if feeling threatened. The majority of Australians have probably never come across a snake except in captivity or squashed on the road.


The Snake is of great significance to the Australian Aboriginal.

The Rainbow Serpent is regarded as the creator of life, a mythical animal that emerged from the earth, created the rivers and features of the land and the tribes, birds and animals.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. klover says:

    That’s alot of venom in those Austrailian snakes. It’s also the Chinese horoscope year of the snake this year.

    1. suth2 says:

      I didn’t realise it was the year of the snake.

  2. I think usually the snake hears us coming long before we see it!

    1. suth2 says:

      That is so true.

  3. Fiona Marsh says:

    I love that Dreamtime story. It is one of my favorites.

    1. suth2 says:

      You used to have the book when you were little.

  4. This reminds me of a friend of mine who went to Australia a few years ago. She was looking forward to it but in equal measure terrified of the snakes, spiders and other dangerous wildlife. She was convinced all manner of unpleasant beasts would be crawling in through her window at night, biting her at every turn. She spent, I think, three months in Australia and didn’t see anything dangerous!

    1. suth2 says:

      We did have a small snake in our loungeroom once but my husband hastily dispatched it. I thing he used a rake and a spade!

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