I love Australia

Beautiful country.   Wonderful people.  And full of horrible monsters that want to kill you: such as this giant snake that fought and killed and ate a crocodile. I’ll never forget the children of my friend Peter Holmes in Sydney, lovingly poring over their Big Coffee Table Book of Nasty Things In Australia that Want to Kill You.  It’s like Skull Island with really nice restaurants.

  • Hematite

    Just about all the snakes there are descended from highly venomous sea snakes that came ashore a few million years back. Almost all of them are still poisonous as hell. But I don’t know why a lot of the spiders are also kind of deadly. I guess it’s just a good place for it.

  • kirthigdon

    One metre is pretty small for a croc. I’d be more impressed if the snake had picked on something more or less its own size. How would it have done against a six or seven metre croc?

    Kirt Higdon

  • Archaeopteryx

    From Sir Terry Pratchett’s book set in the Disc’s Oz equivalent:

    ‘ Death held out a hand. I WANT, he said, A BOOK ABOUT THE DANGEROUS CREATURES OF FOURECKS-

    Albert looked up and dived for cover, receiving only mild bruising because he had the foresight to curl into a ball.

    After a while Death, his voice a little muffled, said: ALBERT, I WOULD BE SO GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD GIVE ME A HAND HERE.

    Albert scrambled up and pulled at some of the huge volumes, finally dislodging enough of them for his master to clamber free.

    HMM… Death picked up a book at random and read the cover. “DANGEROUS
    MAMMALS, REPTILES, AMPHIBIANS, BIRDS, FISH, JELLYFISH, INSECTS, SPIDERS, CRUSTACEANS, GRASSES, TREES, MOSSES, AND LICHENS OF TERROR INCOGNITA, ” he read. His gaze moved down the spine. VOLUME 29C, he added. OH. PART THREE, I SEE.

    He glanced up at the listening shelves. POSSIBLY IT WOULD BE SIMPLER IF I
    ASKED FOR A LIST OF THE HARMLESS CREATURES OF THE AFORESAID CONTINENT?

    They waited.

    IT WOULD APPEAR THAT-

    “No, wait master. Here it comes.”

    Albert pointed to something white zigzagging lazily through the air. Finally Death reached up an caught the single sheet of paper.

    He read it carefully and then turned it over briefly just in case anything was written on the other side.

    “May I?” said Albert. Death handed him the paper.

    “‘Some of the sheep, ‘” Albert read aloud. ‘


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