Creepy crawlies live in paradise too

I am a sixth generation farmer but I don’t like snakes, rats and spiders any more than your average city person

I grew up in NSW heartland and saw plenty of brown snakes that knew to keep well away from my father and his shotgun.

At Clover Hill there are no shotguns but plenty of red belly black snakes and no shortage of pythons including the one that has been living in the Illawarra Flame tree just outside my kitchen window scaring the bejesus out of my visitors when he/she suns him/herself on my front steps and my chooks 24/7

Chooks

Yesterday I was enjoying a freshly made latte with milk straight from the udder so to speak before joining my sister for a Foodscape Tour and looking out the kitchen window I spotted what was causing all the commotion in the chook pen

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Now I didn’t have time to take pictures of this snake let alone video footage ( yes I did that too) and then discover this snake was indeed stuck in the netting and in desperate need of rescue.

So who do you call?  WIRES of course and who was the best person for this job at this time? Michael of course. Though not happy that I thought he had more time than me to do this.

But its not just about time is it? In this case he was the person who could lend a hand if necessary (and there was no way in the world I was going to wear that hat) and besides I had a Foodscape Tour to join

So what happened to “Clover” the snake you ask. Yes Hugh from WIRES called our snake Clover

Find out if here if there is a happy ending for Clover

Hugh from WIRES and Clover our friendly python who ate too many rats at once–thank god it wasn’t my chickens

Author: Lynne Strong

I am a 6th generation farmer who loves surrounding myself with optimistic, courageous people who believe in inclusion, diversity and equality and embrace the power of collaboration. I am the founder of Picture You in Agriculture. Our team design and deliver programs that inspire pride in Australian agriculture and support young people to thrive in business and life

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