My fat fiendish friend (or at least he might be if he hadn't eaten my frogs!)

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someGuyinmasset on January 10, 2010

Wow Sue he's a real beauty! What is it, a water python? Have you named him? It's what you call a carpet snake I think so 'Shaggy" would be a good name. You sure it's a he, looks like a she.

someGuyinmasset on January 10, 2010

P.S. - Better count your kids just in case.

Steve Paxton on January 10, 2010

Sue great i think you should keep the snake will keep the relies from visiting. yeah i agree count the kids. steve

Nick Weall on January 10, 2010

There seems to be a lot of it.....

Sue Allen on January 11, 2010

Ha ha, too funny! Hi, Guy, Steve and Nick I counted the kids and they are all here...:D My scaly friend slithered off in the night and I never actually saw him spread out in his full length, but he must have been around 2 metres long by the way he was wound around and around. He isn't very old either, as he doesn't have a very big head (just fat guts, of course!)

It is indeed a carpet snake and a very placid one too. I have had a couple of encounters with some rather surprisingly fiesty carpet snakes, which has some people speculating as to whether they have been breeding with another sort of snake, so I was happy for this one to visit. He just sat looking at me with his chin resting on his fat body all day and evening until he was ready to go. He didn't have a poo first either, which was even more pleasing, as I do hate snake c**p - very messy!

Very best wishes to you all, and thanks so much for having a look at my latest pics, I really appreciate that! I will do my best to do a bit more visiting, I think, before the kids go back to school and all the running around starts again for the year. Until then, aurevoir! Sue

Norrel on January 11, 2010

It should have eaten all your cane toads! Isn't it highly venomenous, like all Australian creatures?

Norrel on January 11, 2010

Ehm... almost all Australian creatures?

Sue Allen on January 12, 2010

Well funny you should say that - cane toads are venomous. There is a snake called the keelback, which can eat young cane toads, but they have spelled the demise of many snake species. The upside, as far as I'm concerned is that they have completely got rid of the death adder, which lived up to its name and had a habit of skulking under leaf litter, with its pointy tail sticking up to capture its prey, so wouldn't move out of the way if you approached. They ate cane toads by mistake and have been very much thinned out. I know that's a bad thing for diversity, etc, but personally, it's a very good thing for me, if you see what I mean. I can only take so much...

Carpet snakes are harmless. That's why I'm not completely freaked out by it. I'm generally very nervous around snakes though and they always make my heart jump, whether or not they are harmless, as it's that initial realization when the brain kicks in that the tree root is moving, or the rustle is a snake, not a frog, which finishes me off before I have time to make any identification. I'm doubly nervous, having kids, as like most kids, although I tell them to watch out and be aware of the dangers of treading on a snake, they shout "yes mum" and off they run, not looking at all. Shudder shudder! To answer your question, Norrel, on the other shot, this snake is only under my verandah ceiling, not in my sealed house. I have run out of time to do my replies yet again, darn it, but the next thing I am doing involves consumption of a nice cold beer, so that's very good, don't you think?

So good to hear from you, and by the way, I'm scared of spiders too, but the ones over here, although they are very plentiful, and of course some are very poisonous, I don't find as scary as they don't scuttle as much as the ones in England used to do. I could have sworn English spiders could tell I was terrified and made a point of making a bee line for me! Do you find the same in Holland?

Well, I have written half a book here for you to plough through.

All the best to you,


Sue Allen on January 12, 2010

Norrel,I should have said that cane toads have got rid of the death adder in our area, not generally. I think they are still around on Fraser Island, which is quite close, but then, perhaps there are no cane toads on Fraser Island. I shall have to find out about that!

Bye again,


Lesley Rigby on February 20, 2010

Hi Sue, I must remember not to holiday in your area :-))). You are a Brave woman!

Joking apart this is all so very interesting. Lesley

Sue Allen on February 20, 2010

Hi Lesley! I must confess that until today I didn't have an 'in our garden' tag -- in fact my tags were a total mess from when things went a bit wrong a few months ago. I flew through the pages, trying to find every picture of the garden as I know you are a keen gardener and I had a feeling you might be over at some point today. Just in the nick of time! I used to do cottage garden type of style when I lived in England, with lots of help from mum and dad, who used to raise hundreds of seedlings and just present me with all these beautiful, healthy specimens, all ready for me to plant out and get all the credit. They were the gardeners, not me, but it was a very nice effect - lots of smelly things like nicotiana. I used to enjoy sitting out on the brick wall, having a cup of coffee in the twilight, and chatting to all the people passing by who stopped to admire the garden. This is quite a different kettle of fish- no brick wall , often not a lot of water and no passers by as such, but hey, what am I talking about -- you are passing by and you stopped to have a chat! Thank you Lesley. :)

All the best,


diannemcd on April 20, 2010

Sue you are a brave person, I would be in Sydney by now if that had been me near there, I would have jumped so high wouldnt have needed a plane. Definitely an award for bravery. Cheers, Dianne P.S. Notice new name change

Sue Allen on April 20, 2010

Well one thing, Dianne, I have to admit this snake was going nowhere in a hurry, so I would have had plenty of time to make good my escape. I do think he/she has a beautiful pattern, but I could never touch the skin. Keeping a snake as a pet would absolutely freak me out. I just don't know how people can have them in a tank in their bedroom, for instance! Uuuggh, you'd hear them slithering through the sawdust in the night, for goodness sakes! Uuuggggh! Goosebumps happening here....

Ah yes, as to the new name, I felt in need of a change, since coming out of the grumps. I felt it ran quite well off the tongue, and this house is very much like a bootcamp between say the hours of 6.30 and 7.30 am. Strange, the sudden hush which falls upon the tortured walls once the bus has left...

Norrel on April 20, 2010

Hi Sue! You're back!

Sue Allen on April 20, 2010

Yes, Norrel, I hardly dare breath, but I do believe I am! I am feeling very much alive today, and it's so brilliant to be living and breathing, isn't it? I do hope it lasts! I'm really having a ball on here today and last night...

Potoka on November 2, 2010

No puedo soportar estas imágenes de reptiles, los tengo fobia.

joerg-ahlen on March 19, 2012

Hallo Sue Allen,

liebe Grüße aus Deutschland. An welchem Ort gibt es so viele Schlangen? Ich würde sterben vor Angst.

Jörg aus Ahlen

Ali Arıcı on October 23, 2012

ooo that's dangereuss :D

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    by Sue Allen
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