They can live 40+ years !!???
Not if my wife has a shoe handy...
I was bitten by a radioactive spider, now my wool socks are stuck to my hands.
And safety goggles to mitigate the flying spatter.
@JimInOz thought the spiders were big in his garage. Will send you something to take care of them if you want Jim.....
We've got one living under the lid of the compost bin. I nearly peed my pants when I went to dump some cuttings in it the other day. Now I make sure I bang the lid with a stick so it knows to run away.
I really wish so much of our wildlife wasn't protected, especially the fkn snakes. Red belly blacks aren't even endangered or anything but the penalty is bloody enormous.
At least they aren't vicious.
Yea but their Eastern Brown cousins aren't quite as friendly, and they can move. I think in QLD at least it is legal to kill them within 100m of a property or something as its considered an imminent threat, not sure the exact rules though
Snake in a stand-off with our neighbour's cat in our backyard in the middle of Sydney. Pool is 4m wide so the snake must have been about 2m. Probably a diamond python and therefore not poisonous but the cat was right to be wary. Sorry about the picture quality but my wife took the photo from the safety of an upstairs bedroom window. No way she was going to go outside, but she is from Europe!
Nothing's protected in my back yard Ash
(Except the 1.5 meter monitor lizard that dropped of the roof the other week that scared both me and the dogs)
Thats a nice sized Barney, they taste pretty good
I'm well aquainted with the Eastern Brown. Been chased several times. Jogging isn't fast enough, one must run.
I was trout fishing up past Bathurst some years ago. Walking through the reed beds (in bare feet) to get a good spot on the river when I trod on something that didn't feel right, looked down and saw the tail end of a red belly about 10 feet long. I went straight up in the air and ran across the fluffy tops of the reeds without coming down to land until I hit solid ground.
Had it been a brownie I doubt I'd be here now.
OK, it might not have been 10 feet, maybe closer to 3, but it looked f'n huge at the time.
Every black snake I've trod on has been gone by the time I landed.
Just shout "Oh my GOD, it's COMING RIGHT AT ME!!!!!" before pulling the trigger and you'll have a few witnesses that will hear you and testify you were in imminent danger.
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Just posted this elsewhere, every body needs to see this idiot.Catching Wild Rabbits using Snakes: BAREHANDED ... - YouTube
...careful, I heard they attract Drop Bears.
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