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The Snake’s Awake

The snake has woken up.  They don’t actually sleep all winter here – we do occasionally see carpet pythons sunning themselves even in winter.  But this, the biggest one, seems to be decidedly awake.  This will test the new chook roosting system!

I was contemplating whether to post this, when I read a blog post about trying to find a dead mouse.  For all that they arouse primal snake fears, at least carpet snakes do dispose of the body!

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  • Umatji August 2, 2011, 1:39 pm

    That is a true upside to having that big ole friend around the place. How does the roost go – he looks quite chirpy and willing to have a go at anything in my ignorant opinion!

  • katepickle August 2, 2011, 1:44 pm

    I have a totally irrational fear of snakes… but right about now I’m kinda wishing we had carpet pythons down here 🙂

  • Linda August 2, 2011, 4:47 pm

    So far he hasn’t managed to scale the roost. No chook casualties this year, for which I am very happy. I get so attached to my chooks.

  • Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial August 3, 2011, 7:34 am

    I’m so glad he hasn’t got to your girls, Linda! Scary looking beastie! I don’t like mice, but I’m not sure I’d like this as an alternative.. 😉

  • Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial August 3, 2011, 7:34 am

    PS. Where was he when the little buggers were eating all your seedlings? 😉

  • Linda August 3, 2011, 9:01 am

    Sleeping unfortunately! If I could only get him (or her maybe?) to follow orders…

  • Jo Stojkovic @ Living Naturally August 5, 2011, 7:04 am

    Just like our enormous resident carpet snake. Luckily we’ve had no chicken fatalities and to be fair he was living here long before the chickens. I hope we continue to live in harmony with our carpet snakes

  • Marijke August 7, 2011, 11:30 am

    In our previous house we had a 3.5m python living in the roof, never knew he was there, until on a nice warm spring day he decided to come down above the back door…. Of course just the moment I came out with a big load of washing on my hip, eyeball to eyeball, hello! I still rather see a carpet snake then a cute furry cat. The ones across the road are on a killing spree, not to eat, just for the fun of it. While I’m the one disposing of dead sugar gliders with tears in my eyes and feeling guilty of setting up a paradise to attract wildlife…

  • Linda August 7, 2011, 1:52 pm

    Much as the wildlife drives me nuts at times, I’d much rather have mice eating my pea seeds than a cat eating the mice. I like individual cats, just think the species doesn’t belong in Australia. And I read a statistic somewhere about the amount of the world’s fish catch that goes to feeding cats. I can’t remember the amount off hand but it was shocking. I think if I was confronted with dead sugar gliders, I’d be, like you, very upset!

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