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Things I should never have to worry about

or at least things a sane, living in civilization in the 21st century, person should never have to worry about.

http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2011/12/29/198471_local-news.html

While Port Douglas is about an hour north of us, our little village does have a serious issue with pythons.  The other morning (at 3 AM) I turned out of our drive and came to a dead stop.  Stretched out across the road was a python.  I couldn't get by it on one side, and was debating if I could get by on the other.  Thankfully it moved before I had to run it over, right into our yard.  Tongue Tied

And yet people ask us why we got such a big dog.  At 50 kg, she is at least bigger than a wallaby!

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Re: Things I should never have to worry about

  • One of the things I like about where I live - not nearly as many of the deadly things here. *shudder*
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  • Holy cow! Thankfully the only brushes with wildlife I've had so far in Africa have been a very large but harmless spider and once seeing a dead puff adder. Both of this instances were on trips far away from our house. It's different when you have to deal with it at your own home like you!
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  • I would have died. I don't think I'd ever come out of the house again.
  • Australia always astonishes me by the sheer number of things that you run across on an average day that could very easily kill you. The waves, the spiders, the snakes, the crocodiles in some places. It's like a continent that was custom-designed to kill humans. And yet you all go around like, "Yeah, this is the way it is. That spider over there? It'll kill you. That sign on the beach that says 'Dangerous Currents'? No, it's not lying. I hope you're a good swimmer."

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  • I should not have googled the snake mentioned in the article. I feel sick now. I couldn't live there!
  • image GilliC:

    Australia always astonishes me by the sheer number of things that you run across on an average day that could very easily kill you. The waves, the spiders, the snakes, the crocodiles in some places. It's like a continent that was custom-designed to kill humans. And yet you all go around like, "Yeah, this is the way it is. That spider over there? It'll kill you. That sign on the beach that says 'Dangerous Currents'? No, it's not lying. I hope you're a good swimmer."

    LOL!  This is why I often accuse my H of  flat out lying to me about aspects of life here.  Cat killing pythons, heat over 40 C ... NO, I will not "be right mate".  I will be dead.

    I think there are more things in the water that will kill you than land.  Aussies that I knew before I met H all told me, if the water isn't encased in cement (as in a pool), to just stay out of it.

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  • While it is frightening, I'm starting to wonder where it is exactly that you live in Australia. From your posts the picture I have in my head is a log house in an outback swamp a la crocodile dundee. And if that's the case, I guess you'd kind of have to expect to run into a couple of deadly critters a week.

    I'll give you this, though, Australia scares the bejeebers out of me. It really, truly does. I don't think I could ever go to visit, because I have no interest in seeing cities or beaches, etc. I'd want to see the outback. BUT, Australia is full of nasty critters. And you guys didn't even mention the sharks!  Jesus, I'd be nervous just flying over to Australia for fear that I'd survive the plane crash but then a shark would get me.

    I used to live in a small town in the okanagan in Canada that had the occassional bear wandering around. Not grizzlies, obvs, but black, brown and kodiaks. There was once a full on cougar on our balcony, and DH's dad has a stuffed grizzly in his basement. It died while climbing up his brother's stairs to the bedroom for a midnight snack.

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  • Yikes, scary!

    I have a huge snake phobia. When I'm at my dad's in bumfucknowhere Colorado, whenever I walk out the house I'll always wear shoes and really stomp on the ground while I walk because there are tons of snakes there too. Sure, they're just garter and bull snakes and - according to my dad - harmless, but they scare the bejeebus out of me.

    Now I'm sure I'll never visit Australia ;) 

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  • image Tofumonkey:

    While it is frightening, I'm starting to wonder where it is exactly that you live in Australia. From your posts the picture I have in my head is a log house in an outback swamp a la crocodile dundee. And if that's the case, I guess you'd kind of have to expect to run into a couple of deadly critters a week.

    I live near Cairns.  They say Cairns is a "big" city.  ::snort::.  Where I live is walkable to the Barron Falls and it is a very touristy village.  We get bus and train loads of tourists all day, every day.  So, not quite a log house in an outback swamp, but since I'm from Washington DC, it might as well be.

    Living in the city doesn't help either.  One of the women at work found a python wrapped around her curtain rod.  A woman H works with found one in her bird cage where the bird used to be.  Even down Brisbane way you still have the Brown Snakes to deal with.  At least pythons aren't poisonous!

    ETA:  A lot of these people have problems with pythons in the house because fly screens "are expensive!"  So many, many people don't have screens on the windows or screen doors.  The homes are wide open to the critters.  Idiots.  H had fly screens made (saving a few $$$$) and up the first week we were here and windows weren't open until they were.

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  • I don't know how you do it that far north. I lived in Sydney for 5 years and the roaches were enough for me, lol. However, the funnel web spiders and red backs scare me. I'm here visiting and I'm still afraid of a funnel web. Never seen one, but they sound so scary! 

    If snakes were around in Sydney, I don't think I would have lasted the 5 years that I did there. I am thankful that Sydney is "tame" compared to up north...

     

     

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