Blood and snakes

I gave blood this morning at the Australian Red Cross. I’ve been donating blood since 1990 in Canada, and later in the UK. No reason not to keep doing so here. And they’re more generous with snacks here after you’ve donated: hot dogs or toast instead of just biscuits.

On my way home I saw a rather large snake on the steps in the park. It was about 1.5 m long, and solid black on top with a distinct red belly. It slithered off, trying to find a suitable crevice under the concrete stairs. Once I got home I found a snake identification website and determined it was the unimaginatively-named Red-Bellied Black Snake. It is venomous, though not so much as many other Australian snakes:

The redbellied black snake is found in all eastern non-arid areas. While the venom has neurotoxic, coagulopthic and myotoxic actions, it is not as potent as most, and no deaths after a redbellied black snake have yet been reported.

It’s not like I was out walking in the bush when I saw it, though. It was right here:


2 Responses to “Blood and snakes”

  1. January 24, 2010 at 3:03 am

    Wow. Bet that never happened in Ealing.

  2. January 24, 2010 at 8:20 am

    I had stumbled across a couple of Red-Faced Piss Heads in Ealing on my way home at night, but that’s about it.

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