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Steve

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I've seen one of these eye off a bloke and then chase him through some sand dunes. Funniest thing I'd seen in a while.
He only stopped chasing once the bloke jumped up on a big rock.
I didn't think these lizards had any stamina but this thing wouldn't let up.
Probably very protective of his territory.
Ah good times.
 

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2 Brown snakes in 12 hours...Cranky fellows they are...Weeding a neglected Sweet Potato patch when my Audrey Rose (cat) pounced. Jokingly I said oh no Audrey has a giant snake. Thinking it was just a skink...Nope 4ft Brown came flying out from under the cane mulch with Audrey after it. I grabbed the cat climbed on a milk crate yelled snake. By time I grabbed the other cat (Joey) I'm on the crate cat under each arm hubby laughing at me as cats hate each other...Snake slithers across his feet and gone.

Then this morning went to let English game hens out another one smaller in size slithers past me.
Keeping my head down and gum boots on from now on
 
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I was chased by one before. I've since been told you're supposed to stand your ground and in theory they stop when they realise you're not running away, but I've yet to test that theory.
We always got told as kids not to stand still or they would think you are a tree and climb up to have a look around....the stuff of nightmares LOL
 

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I was about to start doing some shed renovations last weekend when I walked in and found this possum, I think it was a fairly new resident. It couldn't stay in the shed as I was taking everything out of the shed and lining some walls so I grabbed it and put it in a tree outside, it wasn't very happy about being held but once it was in the tree it was back to normal....

I think I have to build a possum box now...

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How did you grab it ?
very carefully :hysterical:

I grabbed the base of its tail with one hand (no glove so you can get grip) .. then held its neck with the other hand (welding glove on that hand). It's neck was too big to get a grip on so once it was holding my finger with its teeth I could hold it against my body, teeth facing out.

It wasn't harmed at all, and still hangs around eating all my passionfruit.
 

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It's neck was too big to get a grip on so once it was holding my finger with its teeth I could hold it against my body, teeth facing out.
So once it was holding my finger with its teeth... :ROFL:
 
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Close encounters with koalas. Hate the B's. My first close encounter was one of the stupid animals climbed into my dog run so the dog was having a look at it from about 4m away. Smart dog. I went out to "save" the koala where upon the beast went into koala standard flight response which is to go up. The only "up" there was was my leg. Believe me it is very painful having a koala hanging onto your thigh by its claws. I immediately went into bash koala on head & scream loadly mode. OH went into roll around on the lawn laughing mode. I still bare the scar from the beast's claws.
Second close encounter. Hear loud banging on the back door accompanied by loud grunts. I opened the door. Why I don't know must have been a senior 's moment. In swings very large very angry male koala. How do I know its sex? They stink more than the girls. So I have large beast blocking the door. This is where I become delicate female & call on OH who manages with stiff yard broom to get it out the door & slams door so beast climbs up to look in window above the door. OH does more yard broom duty & gets it down where upon the stupid beast climbs up our galvanized rainwater tank. We left it there & in the morning it had gone.
At this point I have to explain we were living in the Adelaide Hills at the time. Now in the Eastern States koalas are endangered in SA they are in plague proportions. They strip gum trees killing them & the males grunt loudly while the girls scream in breeding season. There is not much sleeping going on in a koala breeding area. Humans or koalas.
 

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Love it! The person who drew that koala obviously.lived in a koala area.
 

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Here's a very old pic of me up in Cape York (1990) with a wild brumby that wandered over to say hello when we were on a driving break.

I was a fuel tanker driver in the Army at the time and we were supporting 6RAR on exercise up north QLD. We saw lots of wild horses up there but they would always keep a good distance from humans so I was totally surprised when this one broke ranks and came over for a pat.

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People used to also put mares out with brumby herds to get in foal to the brumby stallion.
Maybe the horse you were patting was just such a mare & maybe she was not well received in the herd so was looking for comfort from those she knew.