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.
Posting a photo a day definitely can lead to some content monotony I’m afraid. Or at least I’ve felt like that over the last couple of weeks. Maybe it’s because I’ve been a bit preoccupied with preparation of my baby’s arrival and haven’t had as much time to get out and about, deep into the bush like usual. Timing is ironic sometimes. This is actually the time of year when snakes start becoming more scarce.
I have been acutely aware and extremely cautious of snakes on all of my bush adventures through the summer…all the while, secretly hoping for an opportunity to photograph one. I have a field guide on stand by and as a majority of Australian snakes are highly venomous, (the most deadly in the world) I would never do anything stupid just for a photo. As it turns out, I had the joy of encountering this Common Tree Snake (I checked the field guide to make sure…twice) today. I had a blast photographing him, even though he was less than cooperative and a teeny bit cranky. He did strike at me several times and hit the lens more than once, but he was rather small and not a danger in any way. He eventually settled down once he realized I was harmless as well.
I like to try and photograph ‘scary’ things in a way that people can appreciate and hopefully find beauty in. I played around with different angles, lighting and depth of field to hopefully achieve a few photos that even the most squeamish can enjoy (I actually have around 70 ‘keepers’ from this session!!!!)