Holding a Snake

“The worst thing it can do is bite you.”
“That sounds pretty bad to me” I watch the snake that hisses from my coordinator’s shoulders. “What happens if it does?”
He shrugs “You’ll probably go: “auch!” ” He simulates a horrified expression, waves his arms and laughs at himself. “But hey, no worries, I’ll keep this one; you clean the enclosure. Great deal.”
I look from the greenish snake to the tools, and back again. I smile “hand it over”.

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Shit, shit, shit. Don’t look at it, don’t look at it.

The snake is smooth and cold. It coils around me. For some reason I expected it to be slimey, but it wasn’t. “Okay, push the head back if you feel it gets too close to your face, yeah like that.”
“So is this one of the snakes you have because it showed up in someone’s bathroom?”
“You mean like the croc that showed up in someone’s pool? No, this one we have to teach our visitors the difference between dangerous snakes and really dangerous snakes.”
“In which categor-”
“But alrightie, all done. Here, I’ll take that. You said something about hoping to take a selfie with a kangaroo, right? I’ll show ya.”

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Once in a lifetime, once in a lifetime.

25 thoughts on “Holding a Snake

  1. I’m not sure who is really holding who. lol or is it whom? 😉
    since it is becoming summer here in California, the summer heat will bring out the snakes. this time of year I walk my 2 acers with a pistol on my waist with “snake shot” as the rattlers do live in the same area. so do other snakes that are not dangerous and I leave them alone

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    1. Me neither!! The snake certainly held me tightly though 😁
      Good thing you have snake shots! And that you know which ones are dangerous. I don’t and would have felt so uncomfortable if I had met a snake outside of my volunteerwork!

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  2. Never in my lifetime!! 😛 Can’t believe you held a snake!!! Or more accurately- had a snake coiled around you. Did you get the answer to how dangerous it was? What type was it?

    I hope you’ll post pictures of Skippy’s and koalas soon! ❤

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    1. I almost can’t believe it myself! It was a very strange feeling. No, not really. Although I doubt he would let me hold a snake that could have killed me. He would lose his job if I died, and that would have been a tradgedy 😂

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    1. Thanks, Maykhella! And, haha, I never thought about it that way! Quite a risky accessory!😂 I’ll post the picture in my next post with the story of how I got the selfie (or almost didn’t), Australian wildlife apparently doesn’t come easy for me!

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    1. Thank you! Although I didn’t feel very brave at the time! You’ve held a snake too; that’s awesome! I actually don’t know, I’ll figure it out and include it in my next post. I suspect that it’s not actually a dangerous one, my coordinator has just that kind of humor to let me think so, haha.

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      1. I think I’ve told you before, but I’m not sure x) I’ll show you a picture-proof next time 😉 No idea what kind of snake, but it has a different pattern than the snake you were holding. It was dark with large spots…kind of xD

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