10 April 2011

Today we caught a snake in a crab pot

Well life in the tropics is never dull. With the first bit of sunshine for months, it seemed like a good time to do a bit of work in the garden. The garden shed hasn’t been open for a while and it is a bit of a mess in there. I had to pull a crab pot out of the way to get to the lawnmower – and I got a bit of a surprise when something in the crab pot started to hiss. That’s when I realised there was a big snake coiled up inside the pot and he wasn’t happy about me waking him up.

Now when you have a little pooch, that is the perfect sized snack for a 7 foot python, the reptile simply has to go. So a quick call to the one and only Dave Walton, resident snake catcher and before you know it, operation “snake begone” was underway.

When Dave arrived and starting pulling the crab pot out of the shed it soon became clear that the snake was well and truly caught in the mesh – so he had to cut it out. The operation was a success, the slippery python has been released (at least 10km away we are told), the pooch looks very relieved and the crab pot has survived to catch crabs another day.

Yep, life in the tropics.

 

10 thoughts on “Today we caught a snake in a crab pot”

  1. Paul Dymond says:

    Hooley dooley, and I thought green tree frogs in the gumboots was exciting!

  2. Hey Paul – nice to hear from you. I love the way the snake wrangler Dave kept referring to the snake as a tiddler. Sorry about the poor quality of the photos – iPhone extraordinare.

    Cheers,
    Andrew

  3. susan jones says:

    must have been the day for it – i unfortunately ran over one last night on the road. Hopefully I missed any vital organs and he got away – about the same size as yours too

  4. I think there is a bit of a snake plague. The poor buggers have started to move now that the ran has stopped. On a positive note – apparently they can survive incredible injuries so I am sure your python will be battered and bruised but hopefully alive and kicking. Not much you can do.

  5. Jeremy Blockey says:

    Andrew, better check your biology – last time i checked, snakes don’t have legs (reference to the alive & “kicking” in your reply above)! PS: I think the story has plenty of potential for future article/book on the subject of 101 Ways to Put Food on the Table by Bear Griffiths – file under “outside (?) the box”…

  6. I like it Jeremy – welcome to the BEAR GRIFFITHS show. I like it a lot!!!

  7. Paul Dymond says:

    Photos look pretty good mate, although I have to admit I would have loved to have seen an action shot with the venerable author holding up the catch!

  8. Kate Dircksen says:

    I’m doing explore on snakes, are you aware of the largest snake?

  9. The Anaconda I believe.

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