The Chinese zodiac is based upon a 12-year sequence, with each year being assigned a different animal and the calendar being calculated according to the Chinese lunar cycle. This year, 2018, is the ‘Year of the Dog’, while the ‘Year of the Snake’ was last celebrated in 2013 and will not reoccur until 2025. But have the sages got it wrong? Chinese New Year was celebrated on 16 February 2018, amidst a steady stream of reports about snakes!
In January, Adele Mallard of Townsville was rudely awoken by a creature attempting to bite her leg.
“There’s something in the bed – it just bit me!” she exclaimed. Her husband discovered a small snake had crept under the covers with them. He caught it in a pillowcase and they then promptly went back to sleep!
Luckily the snake proved to be a harmless Spotted Python.
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On a more serious note, Max from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers is happy to provide snake identification based upon photos, but has highlighted two instances of ‘how not to do it’.
In the first photo, a man seeking identification of the species is holding a juvenile Eastern Brown snake by its tail on his kitchen table.
“If you’re not sure of the snake species definitely don’t touch it!” cautioned Max.
In the second example, a snake has been photographed in a swimming pool, however, positive identification is impossible due to the distance involved and lack of clear detail.
“If it is safe to get closer to the snake than the pool image, it will allow us to provide confident ID,” said Max.
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Snake stories were coming thick and fast. There was the Eastern Brown Snake that invaded an RSL pantry in Queensland, and the carpet python that came to dinner, after hiding under the grill of a barbecue in Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast.
Finally, the mysterious case of the poltergeist in the toilet pan
A family on the Sunshine Coast was dumbfounded when one of their toilets began flushing of its own accord. This supernatural activity continued unabated for a couple of days until, on the brink of calling for an exorcism, they first decided to remove the panel
Then, about two weeks later, the toilet started flushing by itself again. This time, a snake catcher successfully removed the reptile, which was thought to have gained access through the roof, before making its way to the bathroom through the wall cavity and squeezing through a hole around the size of a 50-cent piece into the flushing mechanism. The weather had been very hot and dry, and the toilet’s cistern probably represented a convenient source of water for the reptile.
The Brown Tree Snake was later released into state forest, apparently not far from an amenities block
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