Thursday, September 20, 2012


Just a timely reminder that snake season is upon us. A friend of mine just reported his first Red bellied black snake of the season so they are on the move after their winter slumber. A search of 'Canberra snakes' on trove reveal a myriad of snake reports across the Canberra City and suburbs. Sometimes described in nearly plague proportions.

The motto of the day though seems to have been 'a good snake is a dead snake' and the reports usually indicate a grisly end for the reptile. They killed them in the City centre, they killed them on the lawns of Parliament House and they killed them at Yarralumla. One report stood out from the others with the story of catching a Brown snake with a live frog attached to a fishing line...

Western Argus (Kalgoorlie) - Tuesday 12 January 1932

National Library of Australia



  1. Good one. We have not seen any here as yet, but as you say, it won't be long now. We are keeping a look out when out & about.
    Take care.
    Regards, Keith.

  2. Timely topic Dave, thanks. Especially enjoy that you've done some historic research.

    I recall fishing in the Moruya River a few years ago in my tinnie. Using prawns for bait. Fishing had been slow... soon enough zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz went the reel. Alright, I'm onto something big!

    Took me a few minutes to reel it in, and as it got closer I saw what it was... a sea snake! NO THANKS were my thoughts, I just snipped the line and it went on it's way! :-)


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