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John Albert Evans
1st May 2012, 02:38 PM
In the late 1950s. I was an assistant steward on an Eagle Oil tanker (Goodness thats over a half a centuary ago) when we visited a place called Crows Nest near Sydney, Australia. A few of us went ashore to go into Sydney itself but to get there we had to go by train.
On the railway platform there was a huge signpost warning people of snakes and what to do if they were bitten by one. The signpost showed a full colour picture of each snake, and what to do if bitten, I think there were about 5 or 6 in all but the last one has always fascinated me. It said if you were bitten by this one the only hope was to PRAY.
I was wondering if anyone else remembers such little trivia from their travels.

John Albert Evans

Ivan Cloherty
1st May 2012, 03:37 PM
When I lived in Dubai, there was no tarmaced road all the way from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, it was a mixture of bits of Tarmac and then hard sand, with signs warning of herds of camels, some expat had fixed a wooden sign to the official sign reading "Remember that these camels belong to no one, unless you hit one, it then becomes a valuable racing camel and you will be sued............if you survive" These animals were a menace at night being so tall you could only see their legs, as it was an offence to drive on full beam (unless you were a local of course!)

Lou Barron
1st May 2012, 10:38 PM
The sign about snakes in Alice Springs they had them signs .Ithink they had about 8 different pictures of the different snakes .The only snakes i saw was in the snake zoo but that reminds me when i first came to NZ i was at a dance one time in New Plymouth and the girl i was dancing with ask me how i liked NZ i said its lovely .She said its better than Aussie no poisonous spiders or snakes but being a smart **** i said the only snake to watch out for is the??? have you got it all i got was a smack across the face and left on the dance floor

Doc Vernon
1st May 2012, 10:52 PM
the Inland Taipan.
Distribution : Central Australia
Habitat : Dry Plains And Grasslands
Food : Frogs , Small Mammals
Breeding : Egg-Laying
Appearance : Brown Or Olive Colors , Black Markings On The Head Or Uniformly Black Head
The venom injected in a single bite from this snake is sufficient to kill 100 adult humans. Up to 2m (6ft)

Keep well away from this one!

Keith at Tregenna
1st May 2012, 11:37 PM



Neil Morton
2nd May 2012, 05:49 AM
I try to walk for 30 minutes every morning. As I live on the outskirts of town there are some pleasant rambles. My favourite is a nature reserve where all the native trees and shrubs still thrive. At each entrance there is a sign which reads; "BE OBSERVANT SNAKES ENJOY THESE PATHWAYS WITH YOU." Her indoors thinks I'm crazy however I've never seen a sign or a slither. Foxes,rabbits, the odd demented jogger, cockatoos, a Chinese lady who walks backwards but those crafty snakes are smart enough to keep out of the way.:Seeya:

happy daze john in oz
2nd May 2012, 06:05 AM
The most dangerous snake apart from the Taipan, which thankfully lives in the north, is the One Eyed trouser Snake. This snake can cause untold pain if not controlled. I know one lad who got into trouble with his and it cost him 16 years of pain, in the form of maitainance.

Doc Vernon
2nd May 2012, 06:32 AM
Hi John
You must know my Son haha!