It’s not just the plants that are stirring to life in the garden.
This morning I stumbled upon an Eastern Copperhead Snake (Austrelaps labialis) sunning itself after a 3°C/37°F morning.
This is not related to the North American Copperhead snake.
Snakes are common in Australia, and this type of snake, while not particularly venomous by Australian standards, killed my next door neighbours’ dog last spring, so I wasn’t going to take my chances!
Thankfully the Copperhead doesn’t like to fight, and retreated away into the neighbours yard when it saw me (my other neighbour has a large fish pond, and Copperheads are fond of frogs, so I suspect that’s where it came from).
They look very much like the Eastern Browns which are also around here.
However, an Eastern Brown snake almost NEVER slithers away, preferring to rear up and lunge at you (google Eastern Brown Snake and you’ll see what I mean). They are VERY aggressive and cranky things and their venom is very toxic.
But thankfully, the Red Belly Black Snake (also in Eastern Australia and also incredibly venemous) loves to feast on the Brown snake:
However, at this time of year, when snakes are mating, you really need to be vigilant when outside.