Flynn, 6, has had his fair share of snake encounters

WHEN six-year-old Flynn Penna sees a snake, he knows he needs to freeze, be careful and tell his mum. 

While some children his age are scared of the slithery reptiles, Flynn has stepped over a red belly, stood right next to a brown snake and there has even been a tree snake in his play room.

Taleese Penna and her family live at a new development that backs onto bushland at Wondunna, and while they haven't seen many in the past 12 months, they've had their fair share of snake encounters - about 26 in four years. 

Taleese said one of the scariest encounters was six months after they moved into their new home. 

"There was a snake (inside) between my toddler and I," Taleese said. 

One of the snakes that got a little too close for comfort at the Penna's house.
One of the snakes that got a little too close for comfort at the Penna's house.

Taleese said luckily it was only a baby and she was able to cover it with a container until her father-in-law came to release it later that day. 

When playing in the backyard, instead of being frightened during snake season, Taleese has taught her children from a young age to freeze and be careful. 

The snake skin left behind
The snake skin left behind

"They're a part of nature (snakes) and we've told our kids from a young age that they need to be aware of snakes," Taleese said. 

In the first four years living in their home Taleese said they have seen all sorts of snakes including browns, tree snakes and whip snake and a red belly.

The snake near just outside the play room where Flynn and his siblings play.
The snake near just outside the play room where Flynn and his siblings play.

Taleese was one of our reader's to share her comments after we reported three snakes weighing in at 20kgs each being taken from a grandmother's roof. 

We asked our Facebook community what their biggest phobia was. 

HERE IS WHAT YOU SAID ON FACEBOOK: 

Taleese Penna: Definitely a snake phobia! Have had 4 snakes inside our house in the four years we have lived here! (Brand new home) they can get in anywhere if they need too! So scary! My 3 year old stood right next to a brown while hubby was hanging clothes on the line! I think we've had 26 encounters in 4 years!

Margaret Cook: "Ophidiophobia" A fear of snakes. I can't even look at pictures of them.

Sara Bates: Snakes! I freeze when I see one.

Olivia Arthur: Rats/Mice - even pet ones, just can't have them near me, and I won't sleep if there is one in the house.

Kristen Maher: Spiders. Arachnophobia.

Joy Oliver: Definitely snakes i feel physically ill I freeze on the spot and feel like im going to passout.

Sarah-Jayne Young: I have a bird phobia, they absolutely terrify me.



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