Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Animals of Chelmer

So I get these two phone calls, pretty early & about five minutes apart. First one's a software problem (typical, the room's full of other people's PC's & laptops getting some TLC) and the second is the dear little old lady across the street, who has yet another snake problem. And I realise that for 30+ years, I've been fixing exactly these two types of problem, sometimes for the same people or organisations, though never at the same time. I seem doomed to be half mongoose, half nerd. So I thought I'd put up some snaps of  a few beasties I've known, removed or nursed to health.

This was the latest. A little carpet python from her garden shed.

Kind of cute, so I set it to guard the avocado tree.
 Now you see that hole there? That's yer problem. And yer see how he's all folded up like a spring? Well that means he's about to . . .

Um, yeah. OK, you probably shouldn't do that.

Now this one is a little bigger, though still a harmless carpet.

And these photos turn out to take forever to upload, so I'll resize some, add a few non-carpets, and get back.


  1. Half mongoose half nerd - that's a hell of a position description.

  2. Nice herps, Greybeard. Can you please advise on the best way to keep carpet pythons out of my chook yard?

  3. Better get that hole fixed. Mayhem's Mum might escape!

  4. Madame M, I don't know! They glide up and over any netting too fine to get through. You'd have to surround the chooks entirely.

    And you haven't lived till you've seen Mayhem's Mum dance with one of those babies. Mmmmm.

  5. As much as the thought of Mayhem's Mum snake dancing as momentarily robbed me of my appetite, I just dropped by to let you know that we're planning breakfast at the Pancake Manor on June 20th. If you and your good lady wife would care to attend, we'd love to see you.

  6. Many thanks - that sounds great. We had a buffet breakfast at Walkabout Creek on the road up to Mt Nebo. Bacon, eggs, hash browns, grilled & spiced tomatoes, bacon, mushrooms, sausages, bacon, pancakes, maple syrup, toast and bacon. Lyn had Bircher muesli, yoghurt and fruit as well but I restrained myself. Lots of animals, including bacon-stealing Kookaburras.

  7. Mmmm... bacon and maple syrup. I love kookas, as a rule - but not when they're stealing my bacon!