John's wife, Lola, with the snake.
John's wife, Lola, with the snake.

Brown snake found in bird box

KAWUNGAN bird breeder John Oxley keeps a keen eye on his four bird aviaries and it’s probably just as well he does because today he would have very few birds left.

The other day he noticed some of his cockatiels were acting strangely and refusing to go into their nesting box.

He didn’t know it at the time, but the reason was because a 130cm eastern brown snake had taken up residence in it.

“When I saw the birds out in the aviary I thought I would take the opportunity to clean out the paperbark the nest was full of and freshen it up for them,” John said.

“I put my hand into the paperbark when I suddenly noticed the snake starting to move.

“I hate snakes and it put a shiver down my spine. I was so lucky that it didn’t strike me.”

Using a long pair of barbecue tongs John removed the unwelcome guest from the box and flicked it out on to the yard.

Later when he went to check on it he found the snake surrounded by almost a dozen birds.

“They were all squawking and carrying on trying to scare it away,” he said.

John believes the snake slithered into his aviary because some plastic ties at the bottom of the aviary had weathered and become brittle over the years.

“They have all been replaced since and I am sure the aviaries are now completely vermin proof.

“Nonetheless I won’t be just sticking my hand into a breeding box again.”



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