I know that some people delight in sharing the terrors of Australian wildlife with the world, making them think that after setting foot on our shores death could come from anywhere, at any time, and without warning. This news article from the Herald-Sun is not going to help matters…..
Today the Mitchell St Childcare Centre in Darwin was temporarily closed thanks to an ‘inundation of snakes’. How many snakes make an inundation you ask?
The director of the childcare centre was alerted to the snakes presence when a baby one was found in a side room. They had the same snake problem last year so she had a fairly good idea of what was going on.
Some blokes from the council turned up to take care of things and decided that taking some wall panels off would be the best way to get to the root of the problem. Once the panel was removed 23 babies, and their 2.5 metre mother, were discovered and a wildlife ranger was called to take care of them. Inundation indeed!
The snakes turned out to be harmless Carpet Pythons, and many of the kids, and the parents who were arriving to pick them up, seem to have been quite amused by proceedings. Carpet Pythons are quite common in Darwin so I guess they were just glad it wasn’t their own wall the snake decided to make a home in.
If you are a little nervous of the wildlife in Australia don’t let this put you off visiting us though. For your entertainment here is a song to
scare you encourage you to come; the Scared Weird Little Guys Come to Australia. 😉