KING BROWN SNAKES IN THE WHEATBELT OF W.A.
If you happen to be from overseas, then you may think on a hot day the Snakes will be out and about, this is not the case. Snakes do not like the heat of the day, instead preferring the early morning or late afternoon when it is still warm but not hot. If the day is warm, they will be out and about all day.
We were travelling through the Wheatbelt area of WA in September, when the days were warm and not too hot, great weather for snakes, especially since they have been holed up over winter and now were on the move looking for food and warmth.
I was lucky I didn't come across the King Brown (Mulga) snake on one of my many hikes in the Wheatbelt, we just saw one dead on the road, killed by a car. As you can see by the photo, this was a big snake, one that can reach 10ft in total length and can change colour depending on locality to tones of black, grey, dark green, and dark reddish brown.
The King Brown is one of Australia's most venomous snakes, even so, it would rather be left alone to slither away from a human. If they do happen to strike, their venom output is quite large and this is another factor that makes them highly dangerous.
So. when bushwalking on those warm days, be careful and on the lookout. The King Brown shelters in burrows, logs, rock piles, etc. Prey consists of small mammals, birds, snakes, lizards, and frogs.
King browns are often found active just on dusk and in the hotter parts of the year become nocturnal.Related to:
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HUTT RIVER PROVINCE
I decided to put this under a warning tip as I really think it isn't worth coming too.
I guess most visitors that are not Australian, wouldn't know that we have a Principality located in Australia.
It isn't a Sovereign state, but is a micro-nation.
WHAT IS A MICRO-NATION?
A Micro-nation is created and maintained by either one person or a whole family.
The Principality of Hutt River, founded in 1970, is the oldest Micro-nation in Australia and is owned and run by Leonard Casley and his family, I should say "Prince Leonard!"
Leonard George Casley, refers to himself as "Prince Leonard." His wife Shirley, was known as "Princess Shirley," she died on 7 July, 2013.
What should be remembered, is a Mirco nation is not recognized, even though the principality claims to be become an independent sovereign state in 1970, it remains unrecognised by Australia and other nations.
As Prince Leonard is old and in ill-health, it is left up to his son, who happens to be in his sixties, to look after the Principality of Hutt River. It was run down and in my opinion, not worth the effort of coming here. Of course, you can have your passport stamped if that interests you, and you can have a FREE look around and buy a souvenir if you want. Other than that, there is nothing else left to do.
You can read all about it on my HUTT RIVER PROVINCE page.Related to:
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As Western Australia is a very large state, you will most probably come across some dirt roads on your travels, that is unless you stick to the major highways and major roads, even some of the minor roads are single bitumen, you just move half off the road when you meet another oncoming car or one behind flashes his lights which means he wants to pass.
National Parks often have dirt roads to their famous sights, these are usually ok for 2wd cars, if not, then a signpost will be at the beginning of the road stating it is 4wd only. If you have brochures, then it will say so on there, then make your decision on what you will do. Most of the major inland highways are bitumen now, and the roads near the coast are too, it is when you come inland and into the outback you will strike dirt.
Western Australian dirt roads would have to be the best kept dirt roads in Australia. This is probably because they are used so much by the Mines and their big trucks that graders are always out and about, grading and keeping them in good condition. When the roads are a long way from anywhere, then the grader driver has a camp from where he starts from each day.
When it rains, many of the outback roads may come impassable. Signs will be erected and if you know your travelling that way within the next few days, pop into the Tourist information centre or the local Police station to get a report on the condition of the road. Safety comes first!Related to:
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Redback spiders are found throughout Australia and they are very common in urban areas.
RedbackS like living around humans and they build their webs in dry sheltered spots among rocks, in logs, shrubs, junk-piles, sheds and even toilets.
Female Redbacks are black with an orange to red long stripe on the upper abdomen and they have a body about the size of a large pea (1cm long) with slender legs (nice!).
The males are only about 3-4mm long and the red stripe is less distinct. The body is light brown with white markings.
Redback bites occur frequently but only the female bite is dangerous. They can cause serious illness and early symptoms include pain, sweating, muscular weakness, nausea and vomiting.
An antivenom is available and no deaths have occurred since its introduction. Apply an ice pack to the bitten area to relieve pain but do not apply a pressure bandage because it only worsens the pain.
Sitting in the sun.
I'm gonna have to splatter you;
Before you bite my bum!
- Family Travel
Everybody knows that there are many dangerous creatures in Oz, everyone’s heard of the spiders, the crocodiles and the snakes.
Very few, however have heard of the drop-bears.
These ferocious nocturnal creatures which live high up in old eucalyptus trees are related to the koala. Koalas, however, live on leaves which are very low in nutrients and are very slow and sleepy. The Drop Bear is carnivorous, a fast hunter and a vicious killer, eating anything it can get it’s claws on, even large red kangaroos which can easily be eight feet tall.
They drop down on their victims from high in the trees (hence the term DROP bear), causing locals in areas where they are believed to be active to wear hard-hats when working out in the bush.
No-one I know has ever seen one, but there’s always someone who knows someone who might have seen one, or knows of someone who disappeared in unexplained circumstances while wandering alone at night. Many feel they could be responsible for the disappearances of those campers who misguidedly wander take a walk at night to look at the stars.
These creatures never show themsleves to anyone carrying a camera.
More detail in this website link.Related to:
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There are quite a few different snakes to be found in Western Australia and most of them are venemous.
Being shy creature they usually stay away from people, but some of them can be found where you least expect them. I discovered a brown snake under the bench I was sitting on!
DON'T try to kill them, they usually move away without bothering you.
If you do bushwalking, stay on the paths!Add to your Trip Planner
Make sure you wear shoes in the bush and on rocky beaches. Some snakes are deadly. We were fishing in Tiger Snake territory when we came across this beautiful little python. If you don't know how to handle snakes then keep well away from them and they will keep well away from you. Please never harm a snake because they are a very important part of our ecosystem.Related to:
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Slow down, save lives...
Speed contributes to about 25 per cent of all fatal crashes in WA so the state police are ever vigilant to catch offenders.
Multanova cameras are used all over the state and you run the risk of hefty fines or demerit points if you're heavy on the pedal.
And don't bother telling the office that you're just tryin' to blow-dry the car after a good wash!Add to your Trip Planner
PERTH.. CYCLISTS WARNING!!
Cyclists should be advised that the City of Perth dose not allow cycling over the bridge spanning Claisebrook Cove in East Perth due to the risk of injury to pedestrians. Cyclists are advised to dismount and walk their bikes across this bridge or face a $100.00 fine.Related to:
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Don't buy from Australia the Gift!!!
I was looking for Emu oil for my Grans and walked into "Australia the Gift" souvenier shop... And got rip off... I paid 38 AUD for a small bottle of Emu hot rub which I can get it for 22 AUD elsewhere... (From what I heard from my friends, it can even get lower than 22 AUD)
Shop name: Australia the GiftAdd to your Trip Planner
If you plan to go to Rottnest Island, do bring along some anti seasick tablets... just in case its a rough day at sea...
It was a rainy and windy morning on the day I went to Rottnest and the sea was choppy! Many ppl on the boat got sick... So don't spoil your day... Take preventive measures if you are prone to seasick... ;)Related to:
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Swim between flags
Australian beaches are beautiful but to ensure your day at the beach stays in a great memory some safety rules are to be followed.Always swim between the red/yellow flags.These flags indicate part of the beach that is watched over by volunteers of Surf Life Saving.They keep Australia's beaches safe by providing beach patrols and they are also trained to give first aid service.They are also dressed in red/yellow and are always happy to help you with additional info about swim and surf safety.Add to your Trip Planner
Bush fires are natural part of WA's landscape.Many native trees need fire to germinate their seeds, but bush fires can often get out of control in extreme weather conditions, and they can spread to urban areas and cause serious threat to human lives and propery.During a summer months there is usually a fire ban, especially when a fire danger reating is very high or extreme.Therefore most camping places in WA have gas barbecues,In areas that have been set aside by local authorities.To report bush fire dial 000.Add to your Trip Planner
Blue ringed octopus- beautiful and deadly
Now, before you decide never to come to Western Australia I have to say that blue ringed octopus is very rare and it is not commonly seen on Australian beaches.They live in shalow reefs and tide pools and usually hide during the day and feed at night.I just want to warn you , if you see one don't even think about touching it no matter how small and cute it may look.It has painless but deadly bite, and it will cause neuromuscular paralysis by injecting venom that is strong enough to kill 26 adults in few minutes.There is no antivenom ! The only way to survive its bite is to immediately be given heart massage and artificial respiration until the venom gets out of system.Add to your Trip Planner
Redback spiders are Australia's best known spiders , although not the most venomous ones.A few hundred bites are recorded in Australia each year.Redback spider's bite can be very painful and cause serious illness ,but antivenom has been available for some time so there were no deaths reported since.Redbacks like dark and warm places, and can be found hiding under flower pots or garden furniture , so it's not a bad idea to check under your chair before you sit on it.A friend of mine was bitten while he was putting on his shoe, because a redback was hiding in it.Only female redbacks are dangerous, males are usualy to small to cause any harm.They can be easily recognised by a characteristic red stripe on their back.Add to your Trip Planner
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