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“Suicide” of Black Snakes

Abstract

WHILE encamped near Mount Wynne, Kimberley district, for a few days from June 13, 1883, our survey party saw and killed several black snakes averaging about five feet in length. In three days I saw seven of these unpleasant visitors in our camp. As is well known, the black snake is one of the most venomous of the Australian serpents, and whenever met with is if possible destroyed. I have seen many killed, but usually they die hard; and even when the back is broken in several places will linger for more than an hour, still capable of revenging themselves on an incautious assailant.

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