Boomslang shed

Swallow's nest, boomslang bait.

The garden shed in summer is a lethal and frightening place. A pair of swallows make the annual return to their coastal residence in the eaves above our shed door. Their chirping and fluttering is a siren call to the resident boomslang – retrieving a spade or wheelbarrow is a scary task.

A few years ago I marched into the shed straight past a gently swaying head poking out of the nest. It took me a few second to register what I had seen and my shamefully girly shrieking bought Gavin and the boys running. Wielding the broom, Gavin gently prodded the reptile until it moved next door.

This isn’t as un-neighbourly as it sounds. The adjacent house is unoccupied except for a few weeks over Christmas, and a snake in the garden will make their holiday that much more eventful.

Of course, snakes don’t stay where you put them and the lure of the swallows nest has kept the boomslang way too interested in the shed. I never go in there now, even in winter, without scanning the top of the door from a safe distance.

In summer, I plan ahead, get what I need for a day in the garden, and am in and out of there before you can say ‘anti-venom’.


2 Responses to “Boomslang shed”

  1. 1 shoreacres November 22, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Wow. Do any of the swallows survive? They’re not quite so able to run shrieking to safety.

    I just went looking for the snake and discovered it is a beautiful thing. Interesting that it’s a tree-dweller, fast and agile, that really, really likes birds and bird eggs. Thus, the appeal of those birdies in your shed.

    Your post is another reminder of what I keep forgetting – it’s your summer, even as we’re moving into winter.

    Hope the boomslang isn’t scaring off contractors, too!

    • 2 Jeannine November 23, 2009 at 12:02 pm

      I don’t think there’s much that scares contractors – expect maybe not getting paid!
      Yip, pure unadulterated summer here already. The place is filling up with holiday makers – fun really, it seems like a different village over the season.

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