A sunny Sunday afternoon at my place was interrupted by a baby brown snake making it’s way into my front yard – casually seeking some warmth on our concrete driveway. Having small pets, we were carefully trying to make sure it couldn’t get into our bushes where it would never be found or we couldn’t track it to make sure it was gone.
Deciding just to keep an eye on it, we noticed it moved into our neighbours backyard. They often have small children playing in their yard, so this is when we decided to call TAMS to try and get a ranger out to safely remove the snake before someone got hurt. Do you think TAMS were concerned? Not in the slightest. Their advice ranged from “is it in the sun?” to “turn on your sprinkler to make sure it doesn’t get in your garden”. We stressed heavily it was in the vicinity of toddlers and was hanging around, rather than moving on, yet still no help.
Having checked their website since, they point out that it’s a criminal offence to kill a snake as they are ‘protected’ – yet they don’t want to help out the community by assisting where necessary. I’d assume this forces people to take matters into their own hands.
So to TAMS and their rangers, I say, thanks for nothing! I’ll be sure to remember how little you helped me next time the local government is asking for my help.
[Image via Wikicommons]