Garricks rainforest video brought back some memories.
For instance some perilous aussie wildlife encounters, not all of which were the obvious. E.g our rural neighbours had a stand of acacia trees up behind their house. From some of those trees were suspended football sized sacs full of grubs and a kind of fungusy dry green powder. As a kid you might be inclined to knock it down with a bat or large stick but that powdery substance could literally take the breath away with lethal results.
More true tales from insomnia territory -
A couple of times per year we’ll hear a rattling sound in the ceiling, it’s a snake, not a rattlesnake of course but a snake traversing across the tv aerial cable, maybe a non venomous green tree snake, or a deadly eastern brown, a carpet [boa, i.e diamond head python] or black snake. There’s other types but these are most common. They come into the roof looking for mice etc. Ive seen dead mice or rats lying around the place with no apparent sign of injury, maybe someone baited their roof but maybe a snake tagged them but not with the full strike and they escaped some tens of metres before succumbing.
The council picked up a tip truck load of rocks from a paddock a couple of hundred metres behind our house. The council guys counted 57 eastern brown and tiger [similar to eastern brown but with striped underbelly] snakes and another dozen when they tipped out the load. In no way am I exaggerating.
The closest I ever came to getting tagged by a large [7ft] eastern brown was when I swung a ride on mower around into some long grass, suddenly this thing reared up about 3 or 4 feet in front and it was primed to fully strike me bc the noisy “violence” of the lawn mower was a life and death threat to it. I threw the steering bar forward as I bailed out the back, ran to the garage to get my bhundi [six foot section of polythene pipe] but it escaped into some bushes at the front of the house and I left it at that and went back to work.
These type of encounters arose as a subject when talking to my parents a couple of years ago, I swear we were still relaying our individual experiences and those of people we know, for about an hour.