+McDeHack Posted April 26, 2005 Share Posted April 26, 2005 It seems that this year the Stinging nettles are going to be vicious. Already I have had some nasty rashes from these beasties. I also had a close encounter with my first snake of this year. It was in my eyes beautiful. There was I hunting for a cache on the Hackney Marshes. As I forced my way though the undergrowth, sunning itself on some logs, was this great big, and I mean big, brown snake. I stopped dead in my tracks and slowly reached for my camera. As I switched the camera on, the start-up noise frightened the creature and it shot off. I have seen quite a few snakes in my time. So I am not frightened of them. But others could well be. I believe that this one was a very adult grass snake. (I hope) Some years ago I saw this also very large brown snake in a London park. I thought it was a grass snake. Being in the area that it was I had my suspicions. I was right, as it had escaped from London zoo. I went and reported it to a guy on the zoo gate. Another guy came with a grabber thing and a dustbin. When he had recovered it he said that it was one of theirs and it was venomous. OUCH! So a warning. Get yourself a stout stick for probing the vegetation, and heavy-duty gloves for this year’s geocaching. Quote Link to comment
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