Snakes are awful beer drinkers. Disagree? Then you are obviously unaware of snakes’ greatest nemesis: beer cans.
To be fair, it’s not the beer drinking part that snakes are bad at. It’s just that the can is a bit too constricting. Case in point: a red belly snake in Australia “who obviously had a drinking problem,” and was saved by venomous snake handlers Tania Dowsett and Craig Bergman.
Of course it happened in Australia. Snakes coming out of hibernation apparently slither around looking for food inside cans of beer and food.
“The threat is pretty big this year as the rain has chased a lot of them out,” Bergman told the Riverine Herald. “Being aware that snakes may be around, and being informed about how to react to them, are the most important aspects of managing snakes.”
That means not trying to get the snake out of the can yourself, no matter how bad you think the snake needs an intervention. Instead, call a snake professional. You don’t want to be on the receiving end of a snake having a hissy fit, after all.
To make things more complicated, the Daily Telegraph notes, snakes have a hard time getting out of beer cans because their scales only go one way. It’s like a monkey in a barrel, but a snake in a beer.
Frankly, people need to take some responsibility and pick up after themselves. Dowsett, Bergman and snakes around the world have just about had it with with these stinking snakes in these stinking beer cans.
The other evening a lovely man called concerned about this poor red belly who obviously had a drinking problem So we…
Each beer can picked up has the chance to tip the scales in favor of snake survival. Snake savers can only do so much, after all.
But when push comes to shove, it’s the self-sufficient snakes that make you want to say adder boy.