|Later identified as a Black-bellied Swamp Snake|
As Nick and I were sitting beside the campfire one night (happily drinking hot chocolate, after sampling a very fine camp oven bread/butter pudding), we were visited by this juvenile snake. Over the years there has been considerable debate as to whether snakes are or are not nocturnal (try saying "not nocturnal" three times, fast!) - and it seemed this one definitely enjoyed the night-life!
Given the curiousity of our young boy, we decided to relocate the snake. Nick was armed with long-handled tongs (and a rice bag). I had the torch. Nick was not keen to clamp the tongs too tight and damage the snake - and the snake was not keen to stay still, so it was an interesting exercise!
As torch-bearer, I was a bit too skittish to be overly useful but eventually the snake was caught - and gently moved a considerable distance away from our camp.
|The amateur snake-catcher!|