I had noticed the chooks panicking the past couple of days whenever they crossed a certain area in the yard, but it was not until I went up there myself today that I noticed this! Almost had a heart attack until I realized it’s dead. Not sure what type of snake it is.
The only snakes I have seen around here before are tree snakes and carpet snakes. This one doesn’t look the right colour for a tree snake, though.
Closer shot. Given the injuries to the poor creature I would presume he/she was a victim of the lawn mower a couple of days ago. I think it’s a good job our mowing man uses a ride on mower!
Poor Joe Blake (Australian slang for snake), he didn’t come off too well in that argument and man, did he pong (stink)! I scooped him up with a stick and carried him away from the chooks’ free range area. I was sneaky though, and put the corpse somewhere that I don’t want the Hensingtons to be. 😉 Maybe they will stay away from there for a while, at least!
Edited to add: An online friend of mine says it looks a lot like an Eastern Brown snake.
This makes me triply glad that I didn’t encounter it when it was alive!