Learning to identify the various dangerous animals that could end your life at any time is essential if you want to survive in Australia.
Everything is waiting for their chance to strike, from redback spiders to venomous snakes to kangaroos. The moment you relax your guard is the moment you die.
OK, we exaggerate. However, it’s also true that there are many dangerous animals lurking in the bush.
The fact that they have adapted so successfully to their surroundings is also a major issue.
For instance, the Snake Out Brisbane Snake Catchers captured this eastern brown snake. Is it obvious to you?
You’ve defeated us if you’re able to.
Look more closely. It is literally staring you in the face.
Have you noticed it? Check out the corner that’s tucked away to the left. Consider it carefully.
You probably don’t have what it takes to make it in the outback of Australia if you can’t find it. Let me add a circle. Here it is! This is the snake’s cute tiny face.
That’s right. How endearing!
The snake catchers uploaded a photo of the (somewhat endearing) reptile to their Facebook page. Eastern Australia, the Northern Territory, and Papua New Guinea are all home to these snakes.
Even though a bite from one of these snakes can induce convulsions, cardiac arrest, and even death, the snake catchers didn’t seem too fazed by the situation.
“They try to keep to themselves, only ever coincidence if we come across them,” they wrote on Facebook.
“Even browns will flee first, and failing that, act all mean and scary before actually biting. Their ‘attack’ is really more a defensive display designed to scare and warn off would-be predators, and it sure works!”
“With the warm Spring weather here in Brisbane, Eastern Browns and many other snake species are on the move looking for food and mates. While accidents can happen, snakes generally do their best to avoid human confrontation and will only bite if provoked,” Janne Torkkola, owner of Snake Out Brisbane, told IFLScience.
“There’s also no reason to put yourself at risk trying to approach these animals yourself without training since local wildlife authorities and snake-catchers are available 24/7 for advice.”
As a form of self-defense, snakes rarely cause fatalities with their first bites since they don’t inject much venom. The mortality rate from untreated snake bites is only around 10%-20%.
There is hence a reasonable possibility that you would survive the encounter even if you failed to notice it.
This photobomb tells a narrative not unlike this one.
Like millions of other students, Brooke Mills looks forward to taking a “first day of school” picture at the start of each new school year
On the first day of seventh grade, she and her mother posed outside for a picture.
An unexpected visitor walked up to Mills and her mother while they were shooting pictures outside beside a tree.
Several photographs had already been taken, and the results were excellent. Then Mills’ mom took note of her son.
“It blended so well I looked harder and realized what was there,” Joy Mills, the girl’s mom, told The Dodo.
A snake lay on the tree trunk, staring at the conceited seventh grader.
Mills’ mother insisted that she come over immediately, although at first her daughter had no idea why.
Mills didn’t find out about the snake photobombing until she was well away from the tree, because her mother didn’t want to scare her.
She had no idea she was sharing her happiness with such an unlikeable friend.
“When she realized what was behind her she was speechless,” Mills said. “We couldn’t believe it when we looked at my phone at the pics and just how close he was and we had no idea.”
The snake, perhaps envious of Mills’ popularity, felt he deserved some spotlight of his own.
Thanks to a helpful snake, Mills will be the talk of her class with the best pictures and story from the summer break.
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