AS much as we'd like to, we tend to never forget those childhood encounters with snakes.
After hearing from a Fraser Coast snake handler that snakes are on the move again with their breeding season just around the corner it made me think about a few close encounters I had with snakes as a child.
Our family home is an old Queenslander in the bush.
Those of you born in the 80s or 90s will remember the popular water beds.
When I was about four mum and dad were siphoning water from their water bed with a hose.
Obviously the window had to be open for the hose to come through.
A carpet snake decided he would get in on the action and ended up in my parents bedroom.
I will never forget mum saying to me - now Amy I need you to stay very still at the door and make sure the snake doesn't go anywhere.
I think mum was going to get dad to remove the huge snake.
Mum knew it was a carpet snake and nothing venomous.
I didn't take my eyes off that snake - as scared as I remember being at the time, I knew I had a job to do.
Then the snake started slithering towards me and as quick as lightening I slammed the door shut.
On another occasion I remember nan was visiting and at the time mum and dad were doing renovations.
A snake managed to get through a hole where they were renovating and it slithered its way over my nan's blanket while she was sleeping and she shrieked 'SNAKE!'
I had dreams about snakes that night.
One more snake encounter I remember is coming home from a friends place to a snake with a big belly which was one of my beloved chickens.
I guess it is all part and parcel with growing up on a farm!
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