BABY EASTERN BROWNS CAN KILL: Don’t let the small size and stripes fool you. This is a deadly eastern brown snake, caught in a backyard near Grafton. It is capable of delivering a lethal dose of venom from birth. Photo Tim Howard
BABY EASTERN BROWNS CAN KILL: Don’t let the small size and stripes fool you. This is a deadly eastern brown snake, caught in a backyard near Grafton. It is capable of delivering a lethal dose of venom from birth. Photo Tim Howard

Woman finds two small deadly snakes in yard

A CLARENCE Valley woman with a well-developed fear of snakes felt a chill run up her spine when she lifted up a pallet used as a step into a caravan next to her house.

As she raised the step, she was amazed to see two tiny snakes coiled up with one of them looking straight at her.

"I don't know what it was, but I felt the same as I felt years ago when I looked down and was about to step on a death adder," she said.

The woman does not want to be named because she felt compelled to kill the young snakes and pickle them in a mix of methylated spirits and water but was right to be fearful as the babies were two eastern brown snakes.

Even at their tender age, they were potentially lethal and just as venomous at birth as a two-metre specimen.

But she does want to warn people about the dangers brown snakes pose to people - especially children.

"They (the babies) are pretty snakes and it would be easy for a young person to see them and want to play with them," she said.

"People need to be educated about the dangers. I didn't know they could kill you as soon as they were born."

A quick trip to the Grafton Library, where she picked up a copy of Snake Catcher: True Stories and Reptile Facts by Tony Harrison and David Blissett, was a revelation.

In it she learned the eastern brown was indeed a flighty and dangerous customer.

"I didn't know its bite could be nearly painless," she said. "And its colour is also a worry.

"When I saw the stripes on these snakes I thought they might be harmless bandy bandys. But they can be almost any colour from cream to black.

"The book says if you notice eastern browns around your place, get rid of them because eventually they will get you."



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