Saturday, January 22, 2022


Red-lipped herald -  this was a very feisty snake! 

Here the midsection is visibly "fatter" and lumpy

These last two images are from where I had deposited the snake in the bottom of my garden

Good afternoon dear Blogger friends. This morning as I was leaving for Parkrun, Skabby barked into the flowerbed next to the veranda. He always barks and snaps at the bumble bees in the garden, so I shooshed him away and took a closer look.

Nah. No bumble bee this time. It was a rather fat snake coiled up on the cool soil between the bulbines. I dashed for my camera and took several photos. Then, using the small garden fork, I picked up the snake and carried it to the  shrubs at the bottom of my garden.

I recognized the snake: a red-lipped herald. These are harmless to humans and animals but can be quite ferocious. And this one was. I think it was a female snake. The middle section looked quite lumpy. And it was only afterwards that I thought I should have carried the snake out to the paddock beyond the farm gates.

Mmm. Now she may come back to my veranda which is level with the garden and have her brood of baby vipers there. 

I'm linking to Saturday Critters with Eileen, here



  1. Hello,
    It is great that Shabby warned you about the snake in the garden. I am glad it is harmless to you and your furbabies. I hope it has moved on, great photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

  2. maybe she just swallow a mouse or rat/rodent of some kind. hope she doesn't come back with the babies.

  3. I don't like snakes but they serve a purpose. We saw a long garter snake 2 days ago that was quite agressive too. I walk away...and stay away! lol Hugs!

  4. That's quite fascinating. We have both harmless and poisonous snakes here in the US, so I wouldn't tangle with one in case I missed the ID. Quite a critter for Eileen!

    best... mae at

  5. She looked as if she had enjoyed a recent meal. Which is a good thing.

  6. Great shots of the snake, Jo. I wouldn't be able to get too close, you are brave. Have a great weekend.

  7. I guess life is full of decisions. Hard to tell sometimes if one is right or wrong until it comes back to haunt us or not. Kind of a pretty snake.

  8. Your photos were excellent, too much in fact. That viper freaks me out. My legs still have chills running up. Yikes! I think I have caught my husband's tendency to be freaked out by pix of snakes. At least I
    haven't succumbed to his tendency to be freaked out by the mention of snakes.
    Obviously I want share your post with him.

  9. Brave woman. Maybe pregnant or just full of the latest meal.


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