AS much as we'd like to, we tend to never forget those childhood encounters with snakes.
AS much as we'd like to, we tend to never forget those childhood encounters with snakes. Contributed

My snake encounter as a 4yo...have you had a close call?

OPINION:

AS much as we'd like to, we tend to never forget those childhood encounters with snakes.

After hearing from a Fraser Coast snake handler that snakes are on the move again with their breeding season just around the corner it made me think about a few close encounters I had with snakes as a child.

Our family home is an old Queenslander in the bush.

Those of you born in the 80s or 90s will remember the popular water beds.

When I was about four mum and dad were siphoning water from their water bed with a hose.

Obviously the window had to be open for the hose to come through.

A carpet snake decided he would get in on the action and ended up in my parents bedroom.

I will never forget mum saying to me - now Amy I need you to stay very still at the door and make sure the snake doesn't go anywhere.

I had a close encounter with a carpet snake when I was four.
I had a close encounter with a carpet snake when I was four. Brett Wortman

I think mum was going to get dad to remove the huge snake.

Mum knew it was a carpet snake and nothing venomous.

I didn't take my eyes off that snake - as scared as I remember being at the time, I knew I had a job to do.

Then the snake started slithering towards me and as quick as lightening I slammed the door shut.

On another occasion I remember nan was visiting and at the time mum and dad were doing renovations.

A snake managed to get through a hole where they were renovating and it slithered its way over my nan's blanket while she was sleeping and she shrieked 'SNAKE!'

I had dreams about snakes that night.

One more snake encounter I remember is coming home from a friends place to a snake with a big belly which was one of my beloved chickens.

I guess it is all part and parcel with growing up on a farm!

Have you had a close encounter with a snake? I would love to hear from you. Comment below or email your story/photo to amy.formosa@frasercoastchronicle.com.au


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