2018, the Year of the Dog? (Part 1).

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2018 is the ‘Year of the Dog’, but with the extent of recent media coverage here in Australia, one could easily be forgiven for thinking that in reality it is the ‘Year of the Snake’. For example, on February 13th The Advertiser...

Mass poisoning from cobra venom!

In early February 2018, news outlets around the world reported on a disturbing incident that occurred at Mpoza village in Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Approximately 60 people were taken to a hospital in Tsolo suffering from diarrhoea, stomach cramps, vomiting...

Swimming snakes and Speedos. Part 3.

In spite of the hysteria generated when a Red-bellied Black Snake decided to take to the water in a crowded swimming hole in Bright, in north-east Victoria, I was able to provide ABC radio’s listeners an assurance that it was the considered opinion of all the experts...

Swimming snakes and Speedos. Part 2.

Are Victorian bathers really in danger from swimming serpents? This was the question being posed by ABC radio presenter Hilary Harper, after a Red-bellied Black Snake had caused considerable concern when it decided to take a dip at a popular swimming hole in Bright,...

Swimming snakes and Speedos. Part 1.

The recent appearance of a Red-bellied Black Snake in a popular swimming hole in Bright, in north-east Victoria, apparently caused panic amongst the estimated 150 swimmers in attendance. So much so that one witness was moved to contact the ABC and recorded a radio...

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