Like many first-time visitors to Australia, we had certain expectations of what we’d find here. Of course one of the things we’ve heard is that Oz has more poisonous critters than just about anywhere else. So stepping on a large snake might cause sudden death… from a heart attack, if nothing else.
Even though we’ve heard that ” Everything in Australia wants to kill you,” we’re hardly the type to worry about that sort of thing. We’re not about to let hyperbole stop us from experiencing one the most fantastic places in the world.
But I don’t have the same primordial fear of devils & spiders that I do of snakes. Combine that fear with the knowledge that Australia does indeed have a lot of venomous ones, and toss in a major dose of surprise, and you’re looking at the potential for a serious coronary.
I’ve come across lots of snakes in my life, and I’ve learned that the shock level and subsequent response are directly related to the proximity and the size of the snake. Big snake + very close = heart attack. If I see it before getting too close, and it’s not too big (or rattling), I have a good chance of staying calm and not freaking out.
But actually stepping on one… and I mean stepping directly down on the center of the snake with the center of my foot, looking down to see why the ground feels so soft, and seeing three feet of snake to my right, and the other three feet of snake to my left? That was cause for a Cirque-du-Soleil-caliber back-flip.
Accompanied by the shriek of a little girl. At least that what I heard in my head.
It’s not like I haven’t had close calls before. We were RVing outside Phoenix in March one year, and the rattlers were apparently out early. It was dark out, and I was using a black light to look for scorpions (don’t ask) in the palm tree in front of our site.
I heard a buzzing sound on the ground next to my foot, and couldn’t figure out what it was. I swung my black light down into the darkness to reveal a baby rattlesnake, about 2 feet long, about 2 feet from my foot, coiled and ready to strike my ankle. Cirque-du-Soleil-caliber back-flip.
So I was lucky to have been spared a snake bite both times. Watch the video for the whole sordid story, along with some shaky footage of this most recent encounter, and confirmation of the fact that I had stepped on a Carpet Python!
We also had our first dingo sighting, and a greeting from a pair of kookaburra birds. Oh… did I mention that the lighthouse and coastline are beautiful? ;)
- Official Trip Announcement – We’re Going Down Under!
- Melbourne, Australia Beachfront Boondocking
- Tasmanian Devil Feeding Frenzy!
- Preparing to Drive on the Left in Dunedin, NZ
- Akaroa, NZ Waterfront Freedom Camping
- Freedom Camping on the Mohaka River near Napier, NZ
- RVgeeks Interviewed by the Legendary Pacific Coast team
- Picking Up Our Campervan. We’re On the Road in OZ!
- Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef
- How To Hook-Up & Dump Tanks on an Australian Campervan
- Duck-Billed Platypus Hunting in Australia’s Atherton Tablelands
- Australia Campervan Tour
- Magnetic Island & Koalas In The Wild!
- The Whitsunday Islands: Float Plane to Spectacular Whitehaven Beach
- Kangaroos & Wallabies on the Beach at Sunrise
- Brekky on the Barbie
- Boondockers Welcome in OZ, Plus a Honkin’ Custom Outback-Ready RV!
- Australia Driving Q&A – David Barnes Driving School
- Australia Campervan Awning Set-up Time-Lapse
- Byron Bay Bluesfest & Legendary Pacific Coast Planning
- Byron Bay Big4 and Cape Byron Lighthouse
- Yuraygir National Park Kangaroo Mob
- Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, Beaches & Big4