Once bit­ten twice shy in pick­ing up pythons

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

OKAY, some may think that I am an id­iot and fair enough.

How­ever it’s more about car­ing for our lo­cal wildlife.

So on Mon­day night when I came across a few peo­ple stopped with car head­lights on the side of the road, fas­ci­nated with a two-me­tre snake, I thought to my­self don’t stop, don’t get in­volved again, af­ter an­other re­cent en­counter with a python re­sulted in it con­strict­ing around my legs so I couldn’t move.

Fur­ther down the road, my oh so silly “Gem­ini” brain de­cided oth­er­wise and for the sec­ond time in one month I found my­self as­sist­ing oth­ers to re­move Mr Snake No.2 off the road.

Feel­ing quite con­fi­dent that I had re­cently bonded with these awe­some crea­tures, I very gen­tly helped Mr Snake to the near­est tree.

Woopsy - he was not the same colour, shape or size as was my pre­vi­ous en­counter with Mr Snake and ob­vi­ously did not share the same love.

In­stead of a “wink and a smile” to say thanks, he sank his fangs into my hand, rup­tur­ing a vein caus­ing a spray of blood and a very nasty bruise and rash.

Gee, what can I say - once bit­ten, twice shy.

Reckon I should do a snake han­dling and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion course maybe? Go on, give me grief, I de­serve it. Apolo­gies to the am­bos who were un­nec­es­sar­ily called out, al­though the fol­low­ing morn­ing I did go to the doc’s for a tetanus shot, also to my neigh­bours, who I’m sure think I am com­pletely mad.

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