Neighbours…

While we were in the mountains on the weekend, my neighbour rang to say we had a visitor hanging around our entrance – literally: an 8-foot python was draped around the pergola. She thought we might be away so, just in case, she roped off our path with a sign saying, “Warning: snake ahead.”

Later she saw it climb up a palm tree and onto our roof.

Last night, when we returned home, we had a nervous few minutes making our way to the door, imagining every wind-rustled branch and vine to be the python swinging down to greet us. With still no sign of it this morning, I’m wondering if it might have slithered into the roof cavity and scared off the pesky possum who keeps peeing through the ceiling.

I’m not sure which lodger I’d prefer: at least the snake would make less noise and keep the native rats and bandicoots away.

Here’s a photo our neighbour sent us – taken on Saturday from her balcony, looking down at our roof.

Where did it go from here?

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  1. Agh how scary! Sounds like you have very thoughtful and caring neighbours!

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  2. That’s a real beauty … viewed from afar. Am I right in understanding they’re not poisonous? Whatever they are though, they’re creepy!

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  3. Really scary Elizabeth. Funnily enough, the title of this blog post had me humming a tune from a TV series based in Melbourne 🙂 ‘Everybody needs good neighbours….’ – it sounds like you have them.

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    • Hi Cathy – I got teased about the title and that TV show on Twitter, but it’s true, I do have good neighbours. I hate to think of the fright I might have got, without their warning..

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      • Yes I saw that on Twitter 🙂 Lucky you for having good neighbours who warned you about the snake. It would have been a big frightful surprise otherwise…

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  4. What state do you live in Elizabeth? I’m moving to Q’land in a few years, will I be seeing this?? I really hope not…..

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    • Hi, Julie. At present, we’re on the northern beaches of Sydney, but right on the edge of a reserve. Several Queenslanders commented on Twitter that they had resident pythons in their gardens. I don’t want to alarm you, but I’m pretty sure they’re more common up there.

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  5. I almost stood on one once in our bathroom when I was a child and spent a long time sitting on the bathroom sink waiting for help to come. Eventually my Father arrived and killed it with a golf stick. I don’t fancy a repeat of this. 🙂 They’re everywhere I guess.

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  6. Watch this space, where will he/she turn up?

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  7. Victorian bush Elizabeth so would have had a nasty bite…

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    • Oh! Not good. Reminds me of a time when we were down at the Snowy Mountains on Lake Eucumbene and I saw this snake, not two metres away from me. I stayed very still, hoping my partner would catch up and take a photo of it. It looked so beautiful… yellow belly, brown skin, coiled body with head rearing. Luckily I stayed so still, it relaxed, slithered away into the rocks and disappeared. Still, I was so disappointed that we didn’t get a photo – until I described it and found out what it was. I’d had no idea it was deadly!

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  8. shallowreader

     /  September 20, 2012

    I’d be carefully checking my bedding too! Snakes up at my sister-in-law’s farm give me city girl nightmares.

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