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Snakes on rock 29-Sep-2006 At 4:53:58 PM the Keeper
I'm taking good notes. I love Aussie winters! So far so good - not to much drama from slithery things and only one near death experience in Bathurst from a wildly careening and highly agitated matilda ( obviously close to missing her hair appointment!). A bit of hiking in Border Ranges and Springbrook NPs up in Amazonia but nothing encountered on land. I managed to flush an eel out of hiding in a stream below a falls in Springbrook.
No snakes so far on the great eastern highway excepting the big silver one - the Kalgoorlie pipeline - that one I like alot! Only the skin of a stumpy who had met a grim fate with a road train or something. We shall see if the fauna changes once I get into the "ghastly blank". Pythons are cool - we shall get along famously.

Towards understanding Australia's Most Dangerous - a former ex-pat Aussie Matilda who was here - (she was a Gippslander so less feral than the Boonah sub-species - brought me back a copy of the Aussie Geographic book with the same title. I was rapt with the chapter on the thylacinian vixens in southern Queen'sland. I also have been
watching a few salient tv programs which for some reason keep getting beamed in here in abundance - first it was the Bush Tucker Man, then The Croc Hunter and then "Killer Instinct" which the bearded, barefooted Rob bloke from northern Queen'sland. The latter gave a fairly impressive demo of the power of Taipan venom - some added to a bag of human blood and in about a minute he rolled a congealed glob onto a plate. That is bloody grim. About the same effect as the sting of one of those Amazonians except in the latter case we are dealing with stifling starch. Brain cells go a bit numb and you are a goner. You are wafted into another world where you visualize yourself hammering nails day and night, 24/7 till she has her dream "Pink Queen'slander" - which in the case of the Boonah vixen would be an advantage - her infamous abode off the Mt. French road near the Frog is known to have every type of scary slithery thing in Queen'sland go through the front door and out the back. At least with the "Pink Queen'slander" they would go underneath the abode and not into it. Maybe the snakes are colorblind to pink and would miss it entirely. Their starch is a mind altering experience - I have little doubt the LSD of the halycon Yosemite glory years would come a distant second. In any case, snakes or Queens'sand matildas - I will take my chances with the former - the latter is a no hoper.

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