Sunday, August 7, 2016

August 7. Day 220. Snakes Alive!

I have, in my time, met far, far too many people who quite frankly talk through their arseholes. It is a special skill. Masterchef might be the forum that showcases the finest home cooks in Australia. In the same light, the staff meeting was designed to offer a protected outlet for bum speak. With this in mind, I have now discovered what makes crocodiles so scary. Sure they have knife-like teeth, Sure they can drag a grazing cow from a river bank and turn it into breakfast. But it's not that. I learned today at a Parks Alive demonstration that crocodiles can effectively smell not just through their snouts. They have sense organs scattered around the body - in scales on the belly, the legs, the tail and even around the cloaca (that's the bottom to you and me). Respect. Kids love facts like that. For the most part kids are curious about rather than scared of reptiles. They were jumping out of their skins at the chance to touch snakes, lizards and turtles. The adults held back. The kids did no such thing. And they learned that the worse thing to do when you see is snake is run. They feel vibrations but can't see that well. Don't move and you are invisible. For some reason that reminds me of a staff meeting as well.

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