Day 259 – Once bitten, twice shy

 

Pre-strike pose.

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Day 255 – Bitten

I went to visit a friend early yesterday morning. When she opened the front door, this ¬†little Carpet Python fell right between us…and I was immediately morphed into my own personal photography heaven. Thankfully I was on my way for a hike with Toby and had my camera sitting on the front seat in the truck.

This was the most aggressive snake I’ve come across yet. Most Australians will immediately recognize these guys, often sprawled out across ledges or outdoor furniture. They are non-venomous and mistakenly thought to be docile. They are, however, generally quite aggressive and grow to over 3 meters with massive teeth. So non-venomous they may be, but harmless, absolutely not.

This little guy was thankfully only a baby. He struck at me every few seconds, nailing my lens, my flash and almost my finger several times. It was daunting, even though a bite wouldn’t have caused any major issues at this size. He did have MANY sharp little fangs that would easily pierce the skin, but not big enough to cause a major injury.

After our little photo shoot, I put a leather glove on and picked him up to carry him down to the river, away from the house. He bit me a few times on the glove at this point, actually piercing right into the leather and briefly hanging. Once he realized I was actually not a predator and meant him no harm at all, he settled and I was able to carry him peacefully away without the glove and any further attacks.

It was a great morning. Matter of fact, just after, on our hike, we saw two massive Lace Monitors (goannas) scurry up a tree…I was equipped with macro, so I did get some pics, but not the kind I would have had I been equipped with my telephoto lens. Oh well.

Day 150 – Hazards of the trade

Yep, that’s my arm, jeez, the price I pay for this passion…

I bet they could make anti-venom out of my blood, considering all the times I’ve been stung or bitten by something this summer. I have to admit, this time was sort of my fault. I was intentionally placing myself within striking distance of these Paper Wasps for the sake of photography. Native Paper Wasps are very aggressive and readily defend their nests with powerful stings (displayed graciously by me above) that can cause severe reactions in some ¬†people. Thankfully, as I’ve found out SEVERAL times this summer, I’m not one of those unlucky people.

Today was the only day I can honestly say I deserved to get stung. The other times have been completely unwarranted, at times when I’ve been gardening or hiking, minding my own business.

All in all, I hold no grudge. The way I see it, they’re simply defending their world. You know the saying, ‘You play with fire, you’re gonna get burned’. Notice the ‘war dance’ by the wasp in the second photo…he was warning me. It was my choice to not heed his warning.