Late yesterday afternoon I was held captive in my tiny home by this rather cute and curious green tree snake for four hours. Now for all you less knowledgeable, like myself, they are quite harmless and only attack if you try to pick them up – no intention of even trying.
It is about 1.4 meters long with a scaly green body and bright yellow under his head. His most remarkable feature by far is this huge eye that just hypnotised me.
He may have been trying to get in my door for sometime but I’d been absorbed on my computer until a phone call distracted me. Poor lady had rang up to talk about her problem and here I was going “oooh there is a snake at my door”.
Not only was he at my door but his was repeatedly trying to find a way in. Firstly by pushing against my fly [now snake] screen. Then by slithering up said screen and then all around my doorframe as he was most determined to gain entry.
Fortunately he couldn’t but then to his joy he found an ideal tree snake playground right there. The grate on my lower step, allowing me to scrap my shoes off before entering was ideal to slither in and out of. The stand beside my stairs, containing shoes but mainly for resting groceries on while I open my door gave an added feature to slither about on.
When the chooks or the currawongs came near he’d quickly hide beneath the stairs only to return and stare me down. Nearly 8pm and it’s now getting cooler and darker but he’s still there eyeballing me. I should add that my photos are not well-focused coz when we had eye contact he remained completely still. Needless to say he had to suffer a lot of my prayers … but as soon as I pointed my camera he would sway making it difficult to focus. His speed of movement gave me no doubt that he could out run me, or is that outslide me …
Thank heavens Mr G could inform me that my life was not in imminent danger. He may have curtailed my usual dusk meander around the fields, but that did mean less tics to evict. Am so glad the kookaburras haven’t spotted him as snake is their favourite treat!
No sign of him this morning but haven’t ventured out to give the chooks my scraps as early as usual. Have a very strong suspicion that he slept right below me last night and hasn’t wandered back to his natural habitat yet. Am fully aware that the bucket of fresh water I leave out for chooks and alpacas may have attracted him but do wonder why he was so keen to check out my home.
Damned nosey tourists, there is no privacy around here! Oops he may have been telling me I was invading his home … And did I mention it was during this that my internet provided decided to cut me off … not the first time they’ve ‘taken’ data to force me to recharge earlier! So lots of obstacles …