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'Tis season for slithering serpents

Shepparton woman wary about entering backyard after snake spotted.

JARROD WHITTAKER December 3, 2013 4:44am

Shepparton woman Jenny Hutchinson with Indie-Rose Davis, 14 months.

Shepparton woman Jenny Hutchinson doesn’t hang the washing out, she makes her husband Dale do it.

Despite sounding like domestic bliss, Ms Hutchinson’s refusal to enter the backyard has more to do with an unwanted guest than the allocation of chores.

On Sunday morning she woke to discover Mr Hutchinson had spotted a tiger snake in their Cameron Ave backyard.

‘‘He thinks it’s a tiger snake — 1.5ft long (45cm),’’ she said.

‘‘But 1.5ft long is enough to kills us.’’

She said when she woke up her husband was trying to get their three dogs inside after spotting the snake.

‘‘He goes, ‘There’s a snake in the backyard’,’’ Ms Hutchinson said.

‘‘It was going along the path.

‘‘It was going towards the ferns.’’

What resulted was a day-long search for the slithering serpent.

‘‘He’s pruned the ferns in the process,’’ she said.

The snake has not been sighted since, but Ms Hutchinson said she was not taking any chances.

‘‘Dale’s hanging the washing on the line. I’m not doing it,’’ she said.

‘‘The chances of it still being there are 50-50.’’

She said she had never encountered a snake at her home before.

‘‘It’s not like we’re close to the river,’’ Ms Hutchinson said.

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