Snakes and Photographers Australia

Promo picture from Excitations Photo Adventures workshops and photo tours. Image is of a young Eastern Brown Snake from video called snakes and photographers.
Inhabiting a vast area of Australia from deserts to coastal regions, the Eastern Brown is one of the most deadly snakes in the world. Although not ordinarily confrontational these snakes are extremely dangerous to humans. Colours vary widely from very pale to almost black, Pseudonaja textilis is an opportunistic feeder, eating rodents, frogs, lizards, snakes and almost anything that comes its way. Even very young Eastern Brown Snakes such as this one can cause fatalities. Interestingly. If you are near an Eastern Brown and stop moving, they will mostly ignore you.

Snakes and Photographers can get along.

It is just a case of photographers learning some of the rules of engagement. Ian made a short video with some of his thoughts on snakes and photographers in the wild. We use the term short, somewhat loosely. In the first take, he rambled on for 17 minutes. I know, how is that even possible? After delivering the old bloke a sharp reprimand, he kindly agreed to give it another shot.

In case you don’t have just over 5 minutes to watch the above video, we have listed some of the critical points, including a few Ian removed from the first take to get this video down to a manageable size.

Always watch where you are walking. An angry snake is one you have just stepped on.

Try to make a noise as you walk. Easy really, as we humans are naturally good at crashing over the landscape making sounds. Most snakes will try to avoid meeting you and clear a path for you.

Assume every snake is venomous when you first see it and take action to avoid getting too near. Better decisions about the type of snake are made from a safe distance.

More Australians are bitten by snakes while trying to kill or catch the reptiles than are envenomated from a chance encounter.

Snakes and photographers have one thing in common. Mostly they don’t want to share the same piece of real-estate.

All reptiles are more active during warm weather. That doesn’t mean, however, that you should assume there will be no snakes around in cool to cold temperatures.

If you would like more information about Australian snakes, an excellent place to start is here.

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