Fabulous pics, Steve. The variation in colour really shows through. They look like they are out the egg and ready to go, straight up. At that size they have an uncanny ability to find their way indoors. I have had to remove my share from classrooms ver the years. I found the easiest way was a tea-towel on top, gently push towel and snake into a dustpan and then tip straight into a plastic bucket, holding an unoccupied corner of the towel. No fuss, no drama, no danger and whoever wants can have a good look at it before it is released. It definitely tended to polarise the kids. You’d have half of them hanging off your elbows, watching your every move and the other half camped on top of the desks or benches in the furthest part of the room.
I remember one time I got a call from Admin to come and collect a snake from the staff room. It turned out to be a metre and half long dugite. I ascertaining that it wasn’t particularly lively – obviously been in the air-conditioned room for a while. So I decided to simply tail it and put it into a large black garbage bag. I took it back to the Science staff area with the intention of keeping in in a secure aquarium for a day so the kids could have look (but you didn’t hear that from me!). One of the staff members there was always full of. So when he asked me what I had in the bag and I told him, his immediate reply, with a big cheesy grin and looking around at others for a reaction, was “Bullshit”. Without thinking, I upended the bag in front of him.
I don’t know if anyone remembers those ninja TV shows where they used jump backwards up into trees. Well this fellow did the best ninja imitation I have ever seen. He was standing on top of a desk in under a second flat. He strange thing was that when I picked the snake up he wasn’t interested in a closer inspection. I will say that he did tend to give me a little more respect after that and never challenged me again.