Browsing my Trove tags for this week’s post, the tag “Snake sixteen feet” attracted my attention. The item was this snippet from The Argus of 29 February 1864 (obviously a leap year).
Since I’ve seen two snakes this season after going many years without having seen one, the sixteen-foot snake seemed like an appropriate Trove Tuesday subject. I searched Trove for “snake sixteen feet”. I then narrowed the results down to 1864 but first I noted how many articles came up with the words “snake sixteen feet”. A lot actually, making me think that just like hailstones are always the “size of golf balls”, snakes were once always sixteen feet long.
I did find more about the snake that was making its presence felt at Mount Fyans Station north of Mortlake.
I wonder if they ever did get to measure the “monster”?
2 thoughts on “Trove Tuesday – Snake Tales”
Ugh, a 16 foot snake (what’s that about 4 metres?) is not one I’d want to meet, and I saw plenty as a child. Although I really dislike snakes I still feel a bit sad that a creature which had survived so long was to be “done in”.
Yes I think it is around 4 metres. That’s long. I agree, I hoped it lived.