Understand The Australian Accent With This Interview | The Aussie English Podcast

Understand The Australian Accent With This Interview | The Aussie English Podcast


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keeper and has his own snake catching business, The Snake Catcher 24/7. This is located on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. He’s been removing snakes successfully from
all kinds of strange places, as you’ll find out in the interview, for the last four and
a half years now. The interview had the potential to be interrupted
by an urgent call from local residents needing snake catching skills, but fortunately we
got through the whole thing without being interrupted. So, there you go. Anyway, guys, here we go. I give you snake catcher and all-round top
Aussie bloke, Stuart McKenzie. Stuart, welcome to The Aussie English Podcast. Thank you so much for coming on the podcast
today, I really appreciate your time. No, man, no dramas. I’m pretty stoked to be doing it. I was actually looking forward to this week. Oh, brilliant! Thank you so much for your time and the interview
may be cancelled during, but we’ll see how we go. So, you’re a snake catcher up in Queensland. Most kids, when they were kids, obviously,
wanted to be cops of firies when they grew up. How on earth did you end up being a snake
catcher, and was that something you always wanted to do? Yeah, I guess from an early age like, you
know, a lot of my mates and stuff had, you know, dogs as pets and all that sort of thing
and we thought about going down that road, but I… can’t remember, I’m just trying to
remember the first instance where we decided to… ’cause I’ve actually go to shingleback
lizards, you know, very sort of common lizards found around parts of Australia in all those
sort of hot arid regions, but, yeah, we decided to get a pair of those and that was my first
ever pet. So, that sort of started out a bit different
for us, getting reptiles rather than a dog or a cat, which is pretty standard back sort
of 15 years ago. And then, yeah, I guess, from there it sort
of grew. Every time we’d go camping, we’d go looking
for lizards, and more so lizards at the start just because I didn’t really know a lot about
snakes sort of as a kid. So, I knew that lizards weren’t dangerous
so we’d go catch them and that was fine. At least the small ones. Yeah, I think it is more my parents feeling
like, yeah, nah, we can grab these because we didn’t know a lot about snakes at the time
at the time. But I guess, it sort of grew from there. And then, I…I actually work at the Australia
Zoo as well, which is pretty cool, and I worked there full-time until I sort of started my
business, and then I sort of dropped back and worked there a couple of days a week,
and work in the Reptile and Crocodile Department there. So, that sort of increased my love for reptiles
and that sort of thing. And since then I’ve obviously started my business
and have been doing the business now for nearly five years, and yeah, absolutely love it. It’s a pretty, pretty cool job. So, when did you realize that you could earn
money from getting snakes out of people’s houses and turn that into a career? I guess…it was probably my first year at
the Zoo. So, probably about six years ago, five years
ago. Basically, a few of the guys who’d been around
the coast for a while had their permits and stuff to catch snakes, and I sort of found
out you can get a permit to catch snakes and, you know, you obviously have to have experience
and all that sort of stuff. So, I went about getting a bit more experience
in and being out and applying for the permit, and I finally got it, and then I sort of started
my own little Facebook page, which nobody else had really done. There was a few guys around Australia doing
it, but not really here on the Sunny Coast at the time. And yes, I started my little Facebook page,
got a bit of following, and I sort of realised that… you know, I knew you could always
charge money for it, but I didn’t realise it could ever be sort of make a living out
of it, if you know what I mean? I guess, I just took it a bit more seriously
than a lot of others and, you know, did a bit of advertising, and sort of the Facebook
page sort of started it all, and then I worked with a few other guys in the reptile industry
around the coast. (I) did a bit of snake catching up with them,
and then decide to sort of do my own thing, and then build a website, and then just went
from there, and since and it’s just going gangbusters, and, you know, it’s gone from…I
was reading all my records the other day, like records probably four years ago, maybe
doing like five calls in a month to, you know, doing 130 calls in a month now. So, it’s yeah, it’s definitely, definitely
increased tenfold, that’s for sure. So, what’s the average office day like for
you? So, for instance today, like being Boxing
Day I wasn’t expecting many. I did have one yesterday on Christmas Day,
but I didn’t find the snake, it disappeared about three minutes before I got there, which
was frustrating, but (I) had a look around and couldn’t find him. And… and yes, so the average day is probably
around four or five calls a day, I reckon. So, that’s actually a job. So, that’s jobs that we all go out to and
try to catch a snake. We could get upwards of 15-20 actual phone
calls in a day. Because a lot of people call us for, you know,
just to ask a question or they might have a completely harmless snake like a tree snake
or a carpet python, and then… they’re happy for it to be there. They just want to know what it is, you know
what I mean? Yeah. Or they might have a blue-tongue lizard or
a water dragon or something like… some sort of species a lizard in their backyard and
sort of asking questions about, you know, do I get along with the dog? You know, should I get it relocated, rah,
rah, rah. So, a lot of times we’ll get calls and they
just simply just don’t need to come out, but in a lot of the cases they do need us. A lot of people obviously have a fear of snakes. I think that’s the biggest driver for people
to come for us to come out, their fear of snakes, and just having that peace of mind
knowing that it’s not in the backyard anymore. You know, even… snakes play a pretty important
role in the environment, you know what I mean? They’re looking after rodents. They got their own little spot within the
food chain. But unfortunately, people just are petrified
of them. And I can understand it, ’cause, you know,
everybody is scared of something and just so happens that snakes and spiders is another
big one, which people are obviously scared of. But yeah, so your average day is four or five
jobs and a heap of phone calls. So, some days I’ll leave home, gee I could
get a phone call at 6 o’clock in the morning and then, you know, I want more I get home
and not eat until like 2 o’clock in the afternoon, ’cause you might be just back to back to back
phone calls. So, yeah, and you could be driving all over
the coast. You could get lucky and get a few close together,
but it usually doesn’t work like that. Usually, you know, you’ll be 20kms down south
and then you’re drop 30km up north, and then down south again, and in the middle. And yeah, I’ve done sort of 400-450kms a day
before just driving. Holy moly! So, it can be quite hectic, can be quite busy
especially when it’s, you know… It can be quite serious some calls, like,
there if there was a big eastern brown on the move inside someone’s house or something
like that, which does happen. And I sort of started out by myself. And now got sort of a team of maybe… it’s
probably 10 of us who, you know, they all have full time jobs, but I’ve definitely got
three or four of us available every day in different areas so that, you know, for instance,
I got a phone call for Central Sunshine, oh no, a little bit south, so down Caloundra
way, and then also got a call at the same time for Caboolture, which is another 40 minutes
south, and I was able to… I went to the Caloundra one, and I sent one
of my guys, Chris, down to the Caboolture one. So, we can always offer that, you know, within
sort of 20-25 minutes we’ll have someone at your house to be able to catch the snake hopefully
and relocate it, but as with snakes you cannot control what they do. So, how does the average phone call go? If someone calls you up, are they normally
in a state of panic or only once they realise what the snake is? Some people… it’s crazy, hey? Like, literally complete ends of the spectrum. So, some people ring me up and they’re like,
“Hey! Stuart, just to let you know, I’ve got a snake,
can you come and grab it for me? I’m just not a fan of them. (I’d) just prefer it is not here” or, you
know, “I’ve got small pets or something. We’d like it removed”, you know, relatively
calm, and I’ve had phone calls where I could not understand it, because they were literally
balling their eyes out, in complete hysterics. So, yeah, it goes sort of either way. And then you get the odd ones, you know, no
offense to the older generation, but the older generation haven’t sort of… back in their
day, you know, any snake’s… any good snake’s a dead snake, you know what I mean? So, that was the attitude back in the day. We’re obviously trying to change that now. And yeah, sometimes they can be, you know…
and a lot of people don’t think that you have to pay for it as well. Yeah. It’s getting better. Like, when I first started out five years
ago, like, nearly every phone call was like, “Oh, what!? You have to pay for it?”. “I’m providing a service.” Exactly. It’s a professional service and we don’t charge
a lot, you know what I mean? It’s not a lot to come out and, you know,
potentially remove, you know, relocate something that might be a bit of a hazard. And do the people, when they do have snakes
that are like eastern browns, which are one of Australia’s deadliest or most dangerous
snakes, do they often realise the gravity of, like, having that in the house before
they call you or only afterwards do they clue in and say “ok…”? No, sometimes. So, most of the time it’s an overreaction,
I’d say. So, people think they’ve got a brown snake,
but it’s actually, when I get there, it’s a tree snake, and its completely harmless. But in saying that, I’d prefer people to be
like that. You get the occasional…For instance, the
other night I got one. It was actually about 10 minutes away, and
the guys had rang me early in the afternoon and they’d shooed this little snake out thinking
it was a… they’re like, “Oh, yeah, I think it’s a tree snake”, and they shooed it out
with a broom. Got it outside and then it turned up again
inside again. So, I don’t know how that happened, but they’re
like, “oh, can you just come and get us, it’s been really painful”. I rock up and, you know, the guys got not
shirts on, walking around in bare feet, and I look into the pantry and it’s a one-and-a-half-foot
eastern brown snake. With the little brown spots on the back of
the head and you just like… The markings and a couple of… and it was
actually a really pretty snake has stripes and stuff on it still. But yeah, just sometimes you run into some
pretty crazy circumstances. And, now I’ve caught snakes literally in every
situation now that you can think of like this. If you point to a section of your house, you
know, I’ve caught a snake there. They can get anywhere, especially when they
get inside, and the majority of snakes are capable climbers as well, including some of
the venomous ones. So, what are some of the strangest positions
you’ve found them in? Well, recently, I caught one in a printer. So, it went behind a Christmas tree, that
video that went pretty crazy online, but yeah, it went in behind the Christmas tree, into
a TV cabinet and, like, no joke…actually, I’ve got a printer here. So, I lifted up this part of the printer,
and nah, it wasn’t there, it was in under here, like… I’m talking not a little red-belly, like,
we’re talking it was probably four, four and a half foot long. And it was a red-bellied black snake? A red-bellied snake was tucked into the printer. I actually had to pull out the section where
the paper goes sort of underneath and to get him. But yeah, I’ve caught them on top of fridges,
you know, we catching them in roofs all the time. I’ve caught them under couches, in couches,
on beds, you know, in closets, in ovens. Ovens is actually… The oven wasn’t obviously on, but… Had been. It’s been twice now that… there’s a small,
it’s only about an inch, maybe an inch and half of insulation that goes around the oven. So, it sort of separates the outer section,
which we see, and the inner hot section, and I’ve pulled out two seven foot carpet pythons
out of that insulation area. Like, I actually was about to accuse these
people of being loony bin, because I’m like, “There is no way there’s a snake here”, they
are like, “No, trust me we saw it go under the oven and it has to be there.” It didn’t come out. It’s not there, and then I kept looking, and
here’s this massive snake tucked into the side of the oven. So, some of the places are pretty crazy. So, would you consider it an overly dangerous
job? Majority of the time… like, don’t get me
wrong, every snake has capabilities of biting you. So, whether it’s non-venomous, venomous, it’s
going to defend itself if feels threatened, and usually when we catch him a snake feels
threatened. So, you know, most people get to see the good
side of snakes. You know, they’re nice and calm, and they’ll
try and keep away from you as much as possible. You know what I mean? They’re not out there to chase people. Snakes don’t chase you or anything like that. You know, as soon as they see you, they’re
more likely to flee than start coming towards you kind of thing. So, but as a snake catcher, we’re obviously
doing what we would never ever encourage people to do and that’s actually going out to a snake
and trying to catch it. So, when a snake feels threatened that’s when
we get to see their defensive behaviour. So, it can be, it can be quite dangerous. I guess, we got the experience and, you know,
the handling skills, we have to deal with situations. In saying that, they’re unpredictable, and
I probably had the closest call of my life recently. It was probably about a month ago now, which…It
sort of threw me, and it’s… I had sort of a big think about the way I
do things afterwards, like it…I caught an eastern brown, he was about four-foot-long,
and I should’ve…I should’ve brought my bag with me. Like, the bag was there, it was about sort
of seven metres behind me, but I sort of left it back, and I sort of brought my hook with
me, and I caught the snake, and then I sort of had to carry the snake by the tail, and
that’s how… well, just below the cloaca is where we hold them on the body side, and
yeah, sort of had to carry him back, and as I was carrying him back, I finally got to
my bag, I had to go through a fence, I had to go next to some couches and stuff. So, if I had brought my bag with me and put
him in straight away, it wouldn’t happen. But as I picked my bag up, he saw that movement
and he shot up straight up past my hand, literally got within a centimeter of my hand. Far out. I just got lucky, because he didn’t obviously
make contact. If he had’ve sort of headbutted my hand, then
he probably would have open his mouth and bit me. So… And what would have happened in that case? What would have the situation had to have
been, you know, escalated to? I would have had to…I would’ve bagged him. So, I would’ve quickly bagged him up, and
then I would’ve basically made sure he was secure, and then that would be within 10 seconds
of it happening, and then I would’ve sat down and got the people to put a bandage on, you
know, do all the appropriate first aid for a snake bite and call an ambulance, and just
go through that whole process, and yeah, start, yeah, crossing my fingers. So, obviously that’s never happened though,
yet. You’ve never been bitten on the job, at least
by a venomous snake. Never been bitten by a venomous snake. I am hoping to keep it that way. Yeah. It’s crazy how there seems to be two different
kinds of people: there’s a guy, I’ve forgotten his name, that I remember as a professor,
he’s a bald dude in Queensland, of venomous animals? Brian Fry? Yeah! And I remember him being interviewed and,
I think it was him, and they said, “how many times have you been bitten?”, and he was like
“oh, just 22.”. And you’re just like, “What?!”, and he was
like “oh, but, you know, those with the envenomations, not the other ones”, and you just like “yeah,
okay”. Yeah. I’m hoping to keep it that way, but you know,
I guess, they are very unpredictable and, you know, you can only hope that doesn’t happen
and do it and do your best to make it not happen. I don’t want to jinx myself. So, could you talk a bit about the types of
snakes in Australia? So, what sort of variation there is? And yeah just give that a whirl. Yes, so here on the Sunny Coast we’re pretty
lucky. Well, I think we’re lucky. People probably don’t think we’re lucky who
hate snakes. We’ve got around probably 18 or 20 species
of snake found here on the Sunny Coast, which includes… that’s including some species
which are found to be further west and maybe their distribution just touches the Sunshine
Coast, you know what I mean? But we’re pretty lucky to have a fair bit
of variation. So, usually, there’s probably about seven
or eight snakes, like, the common ones that I can catch on a weekly basis, which is pretty
cool. Like you go down south, the guys in Melbourne
and Adelaide and those sort of areas, and, you know, even in Sydney and a lot of the
time those guys are only catching a couple of species. Like, the Victorian guys catch Copperheads
and Tiger snakes all the time and that’s about it. Maybe the odd eastern brown, couple pythons. But, you know, up here on the sunny coast
we’re pretty lucky. We’ve got a massive range, and I think it’s
just the habitat types around here that enables there to be that many species around this
area. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to catch a Tiger
snake, ’cause I’ve never caught one before. There are some tigers snakes found in little
pockets around the Sunny Coast, but very, very hard to find. But now, I see some of the other guys who
catch Tiger snakes nearly every day. I’m like God, damn it! But, I’m sure they are like… They’d love to catch some of the stuff that
we catch. It’s snake envy. Yeah! But I guess, you know, Australia’s pretty
lucky, we got a massive range of elapids venomous snakes. We’ve got a lot of snakes in the top sort
of 10 to 20 world’s most venomous snakes including definitely the top sort of 4 or 5 with the
Inland Taipan, which is found out west. You got your eastern brown snake, which I
get to catch, which I’m very lucky to catch that. They’re found…a vast majority of the eastern
side of Australia. You know, you got yeah, red-bellies, they’re
not in top five, but they’re obviously a pretty cool snake, that everybody loves. They’re a very…how can you say that? They’re an obvious snake. They’re like, you know, everybody knows what
a red-bellied black snake looks likes. Whereas, brown snakes get confused for about
another five or six species around here just on the Sunny Coast. And then yeah, you the coastal taipan, you
got the Tiger snakes and the Death Adders. So, we’ve got a lot of… a lot of venomous
and dangerous snakes. But, as I say to people, snakes are only dangerous
if you let them be. So, you know, you see a snake in the wild,
you keep your distance, the snake’s not dangerous. Now, you go up to it, try and get photos,
try and catch it, that’s when the snake becomes dangerous. That’s it. Once you go for that selfie, right? Next to it here, right? That’s the no-go zone. Exactly right. So, I guess it’s… That’s why we’re doing the Facebook pages,
that’s why we do our posts, you know, to try and teach people to just keep your distance
and be smart, and it’s all commonsense. It’s like with most animals, you know what
I mean? A lot of it’s commonsense. So, who do you find the most… the people
who do get bitten, what kind of activities are they doing that leads to them putting
themselves in a position to be bitten? It’s usually people trying to catch or kill
them. So, that happens 90% of the time, I reckon. When someone tries to get a shovel out or
tries to hit them with a stick or just tries to catch and remove themselves. So, it’s, you know, snakes can move so quickly
and if you’re coming out with a shovel, not only it is illegal to kill any native wildlife,
and, you know it’s massive fines, but it’s just so dangerous. Like, you coming out at an eastern brown with
a shovel, he just going to see this big object moving towards him. And he’s going to defend himself, and I think
people forget how quick they can be, you know what I mean? They’re not going to be able to chase you
down or anything like that, but that strike and that initial speed is quite crazy. That’s crazy. So, what has… So, that’s the main way. Yeah, like the odd person will get bitten
accidentally, like, gardening in their… you know, picking some weeds out or putting
their hand into a bush, and then the snake sees his movement and all I think is a rat
or something, and that’s the reason they bite, but (the) majority of the time it’s when people
try and catch or kill a snake. So… And can you tell us the difference between
the different kinds of Australians snakes? Elapids and pythons, for example. So, we’ve got three. We’ve got the elapids, the colubrids, and
the pythons. So, pythons are your egg layers. They’re all egg layers and non-venomous. Your colubrids, which is the biggest actual
group or family of snakes around the world, but we’ve only got, I think, it’s six or seven. So, Australia doesn’t have many colubrids,
that’s like your brown tree snake, for instance, which is… and some colubrids are venomous,
some aren’t. So, they kind of like that middle-ground. They have… that’s why I guess, they got
the biggest, you could say, variety of snakes around the world, and then a largest group. And then, you got your, yeah, venomous front-fanged
elapid snakes, which we’ve got plenty of those here. So, I guess, you know, we… with the pythons
and that, they are quite recognisable. You know, they’ve usually got that big sort
of a busty head and they’ve got that model blotch pattern on them. They’re quite a sort of robust snake compared
to a lot of your venomous stuff. I guess, when it gets confusing between the
three is when the snakes is smaller. You know, even pythons, for instance, they…
when they’re young and within their first couple of years, they can still remain sort
of like a browny colour. They’re gonna remain brown their whole life,
but usually they’d sort of change to a bit more greeny shades of colour and that sort
of thing, but, I guess, yeah, it’s when the snakes are small and young is when you can…
when you make that sort of confusion, if it makes sense. That’s where people get sort of confused. And sometimes… you know, and I’ve been doing
this for a little bit now, but it sort of blows my mind sometimes when, you know, I’ll
go at someone’s house, and they’ll be like, “I got a brown snake!”, and I walk in and
it’s a carpet python. And, I’m like, “How can you confuse that?”. But then, again, if you’re not someone who
deals with snakes and the carpet python has got a bit of brown on him, then you’re going
to think it’s a brown snake. And I guess… you know, that’s where that
confusion comes in. That’s why we don’t want people to take things
into their own hands and that sort of thing. And… but yeah, it is pretty cool the amount
of variety we have here in Australia, you know what I mean? And it’s crazy where some of the snakes can
be found as well. Like, some of the habitats and some of the
temperatures that some snakes… like, you look at the fear snake, they’re way out west
in that sort of clay… you know, earth…there’s just nothing, you know what I mean? There’s just literally nothing except a few
cracks in the ground and that’s where they spend majority of the time going through the
cracks looking for rodents and looking for things to eat. But, you know, you just… when you get out
you just think that nothing could survive. So, I guess that leads… sorry, I guess that
leads well into what role they have in the ecosystem? What sort of roles do most snakes sort of
occupy and why they are important? Well, that’s it. I guess, like, you need to understand, everyone
needs to understand that, you know, there’s always a food chain in every ecosystem, and
without snakes, like, we would literally be overrun with things like rodents and small
marsupials, like, whether the marsupials and mammals and stuff are native, you know, they’re
still part of the food chain, and I guess, snakes play their roles especially with your
rodents, you know what I mean? People can have serious rodent issues, especially
on farms and bushland areas. I guess, ’cause it’s just one of those things
where…and even frog species. So, you obviously have a lot of native frogs,
and frogs have been… The cane toads obviously had a massive effect
on native frog species, even snake species, and goanna species, just ’cause anything that
eats them basically die, except the keelback (snake), which is pretty cool. But yeah, they’re just… they’re kind of
in that middle zone in the food chain, which is also, you know, is as important as the
apex predator or as the bottom of the food chain, you know, you need that… need those
levels in that food chain, and the snakes need to be around, ’cause snakes feed other
animals as well, you know, kookaburras and different birds will prey on snakes and, you
know, it’s… I guess, it’s just that position that they
hold in the ecosystem. If they were to go out, the rodent numbers
would go through the roof, which is going to affect crops, it’s going to affect the
whole habitat. You know, when you get little rodents like
that taking over a habitat is just…it’s not good at all. Any time it gets out of balance. That’s it, it’s all about balance and that
sort of thing. So, I guess, you just have to make sure that….
and the problem is when us humans as well are playing a pretty poor impact on them as
well, especially here… I see on the coast all the time, people always
ask me, “Why are snakes coming into people’s home? Why are we seeing them so often?”, and I guess…
and the amount of infrastructure, the amount of buildings that, you know, get built and
bushland areas getting knocked down these days is crazy. You hear about it on the TV all the time,
and I realise that, you know, humans need somewhere to live and all this sort of stuff,
but we’re still knocking down all these habitat, which, you know, not just snakes, like, hundreds
of species of animals. Not just reptiles, I’m talking about mammals,
birds, everything. They rely on that habitat and when that’s
gone, then where are they going to go? You know what I mean? Exactly. The main reason why they’re seen around homes
is because, one: there’s rodents. You know, rodents are attracted to homes,
due to scraps or places to hide, chicken coops, any pets that you leave out feed for, that’s
going to attract rodents. Then we’ve got skinks and frogs and insects,
obviously attracted to the light, you know, that’s why the geckos come try and eat the
insects, and the frogs come because there is either a water source or to the light as
well, to try and, you know, grab some insects and these are all the things that snakes eat. So, that’s another main reason why snakes
are sort of found around the Sunny Coast and around homes, not even just the Sunny Coast,
around the whole of Australia, around homes. So, what advice would you have for someone
who has come from overseas and wants to see snakes? What advice would you have to them, for them*,
if they came straight to you and said, “What’s the best and safest way to see snakes in Australia?”. I… You know, I always recommend that people that
got a fear of snakes and want to sort of overcome that then go to a zoo or go to an animal….
whether it’s a sanctuary or a little, you know, park or whatever where they can go and
actually hold a snake. You know, that’s always a good start, where
you can go hold a snake in a controlled environment where it’s safe to do so. Like, you know, don’t go out in the bush to
try and grab a snake and just put it in your shoulders, because, you know, who knows where
it is? And even the pythons which have a… you know,
most of the time probably 9 out of 10 pythons are really well behaved, but if you get the
bad one, he’s going to try to bite your face off. So, I guess, it’s all about getting that…
being able to experience wildlife and experience snakes in a safe and controlled environment. And if you want to go looking for snakes,
most of the time in Australia it’s just easy to go for a bushwalk. You have to obviously time, certain times
of the day, sort of morning and afternoons, and weather conditions are going to affect
it, time of the year is going to affect it, even the moon sometimes affect it, you know
what I mean? We… I’ll often go herping with some of my, you
know, reptile mates, and we’ll go out at night time and go have a look for some snakes on
the move at night, but if there’s a full moon out, you usually don’t see them. So, there’s a heap of stuff that sort of a
affects snakes, and I guess, if you’re going to go out looking for snakes, you need to
be prepared to keep… like, give them some space, like, not be one of those people who
as soon as you see it, you going to go and try to catch it and photograph it or… I guess, that’s with all wildlife. If you want to go out looking for it, you
just got to respect it. I guess, respect is a big thing when it comes
to snakes, you just got to learn to respect them, give them the respect they deserve. But you can… everybody can still enjoy them
and watch them in the wild, ’cause even I get a kick out of seeing a snake in the wild. Like, I… it’s kind of… catching snakes
for people is not really… it doesn’t feel to me like seeing them in the wild. I guess, for other people when a snake rocks
up in their backyard that is, but, you know, when I’m out bushwalking or I go for walk
with my wife or take the dog for a walk and we see a snake across the path I’m like, “Damn!
that’s pretty awesome”, you know what I mean? Seeing a snake in the wild like that. People probably think that’s a bit funny,
the fact that I catch catch them every day, but that’s…this is my job, and that does
seem like seeing snakes in the wild to me. When you actually go out looking for them
and you see one on the move, in the bush, or whatever, it’s just like, yeah, that’s
pretty cool. But, even I most of the time… well, all
of the time, basically, if I see one in the wild, I’ll just keep my distance and, you
know, there’s no point putting myself in danger, like, picking up a venomous snake when I don’t
need to. You know what I mean? And, I don’t want to encourage that either. So… Two more questions then we can finish up. Yes, sweet! What advice would you have for any unfortunate
tourist or Australian alike who does happen to be bitten, whether it’s a python or a venomous
snake, I assume they’re not going to know in the moment, what would you say they should
do and what would you say they should potentially carry with them? Yeah. So, I guess, if anybody takes out… takes
away any information from this chat, and this is probably the most important thing, because
with snake bite, you know, applying or doing the appropriate first aid can literally be
the difference between life and death. Like, it literally can. And when… if you were to get bitten by a
snake, anywhere, say, on the arm or leg, it has been changing over the years, but if you
were to get bitten anywhere on the arm or leg, I’m just going to try to set this up,
just say I get bitten on the hand. What I’m going to do is, initially, you’re
obviously going to make sure the danger is gone. So, if you’re in your backyard and you’ve
been bitten by a snake, and the snake still on the move in the backyard, I’d probably
quickly go inside and sit down, in the cool, on the couch, and relax, and then, immediately,
have one person calling the ambulance and other person applying a first aid bandage. So, what you want to do, the latest thing
that I’ve heard, you know, (it) used to be wrap a whole bandage around the bite site
and then wrap another one up the arm. The latest information that I’ve been given
is that just say you get bit anywhere on the arm, you start down the end, you wrap all
the way to the top, and then all the way to the bottom. So, what you want to do is you want to slow
down the flow of blood through the lymphatic system. So, the lymphatic system’s just under the
skin, and you obviously don’t want that the venom travelling all the way out to your lymph
nodes, ’cause that’s when it’s going to get converted sort of into the bloodstream, and
that’s when you’re going to be in a bit of strife. So, you want to this apply pressure. You know, if you don’t have… I always recommend every Australian home has
a couple of snake bite bandages in their home, and I actually joined up with the company
recently, and I sell them to people, and often give them away as well to people when I go
and catch snakes for, because I always ask the question, “Do you have a snake bite bandage
or do you just have a bandage and general?”. (It) Doesn’t have to be a specific snake bite
one, just a normal crepe or elastic bandage or whatever they’re called. Just apply that to the bite site and you’re
going to remain calm, and by this time someone’s already rung the ambulance, and you’re going
to always wait for the ambulance to come to you. I guess, sometimes, there’s probably… I don’t like to ever sort of encourage people
going to the ambulance, but I guess, if you are in a place of no service or you ring the
ambulance and they recommend (to) get the person who is bidden to lay down as calm as
possible in the back of a car and we’ll meet you somewhere, like, this is if you’re three
or two hours, literally in the middle of nowhere. But you know, here on the Sunny Coast any
or built up area really along the East Coast or majority of towns and stuff around Australia
is going to have access to an ambulance pretty quickly. So, it’s always best to just remain calm,
stay seated, or lie down, or whatever’s a comfortable position for you, and wait for
the help to arrive, and then that’s when they’ll pick you up, take you back to the hospital,
do some tests, they’ll assess your condition, and basically monitor you for 12 to 24 hours. If you ever rock up to… I know every situation’s different, but if
you ever get to the hospital and after three hours like, “Nah, you’re all good, we’ll let
you go”, stay there! Yeah. You know, I haven’t heard it happening often,
but I’ve had a few times where a few things gone on where they’ve asked… they’ve said
“Yeah, no, you’re all good to go”, but I’ve heard of reactions of snake bite happening
six hours after the bite, you know what I mean? Or… you know, never get that the bandage
taken off until you’re at hospital or until you had tests done, you know what I mean? Like, it needs to stay on there, because people
have died because a bandage has been removed too quickly or little, you know, little mistakes
like that. Just… And always mark the bite site too, that way,
on the bandage, that way they could sort of cut into the bandage just on around the bite
side and then take a swab to work out what it is, what kind of snake it was. It’s just so important. It’s something you just go take very seriously,
you know what I mean? A lot of snake bites are dry bites. So, that’s basically a snake will bite and
won’t envenomate, and they’ll do that a lot because if you think about producing venom
for a snake it takes a lot of energy, and they’re not necessarily going to want to use
it on a human being who’s 40 times their size, ’cause they can’t eat it. They’re usually going to use it on little
mammals or little reptiles or whatever. To be able to… not only does it subdue their
prey and kill them very quickly, but it also sort of helps the digestion as well. So, I guess, it’s about… you know, a lot
of bites can be dry bites, but you just can’t take that chance. Exactly. You know what I mean? ‘Cause the time that you think, “Oh, nah,
it’s a dry bite, she’ll be right”, it won’t be a dry bite. And, yeah, you just can’t take that risk. Alright, last question: what should people
do if a snake is in their house? Yes, so if you see a snake inside your house,
I would absolutely get it relocated. Now, if it’s inside your house and obviously
a window’s been left open or it’s come in an open door, even if it’s non-venomous, I
usually recommend people to just get someone out, get it relocated, especially if you don’t
know where it is. If it’s in your backyard, I guess, it’s a
personal choice. You know, even if it’s a venomous snake, a
lot of people on farms call me and they’ll send me a picture of a massive six-foot eastern
brown, they’re like, “Oh! You know, we don’t mind, we’ve brought the
dogs in, he’ll just move on”, you know, they’re on property, the snake’s going to move on,
and by the time I get there I probably won’t be able to find it anyway. It’s more so when you’re in suburbia and you’ve
got a snake in your backyard cruising around, (the) best thing to do is get everybody away
from it, so remove any danger. So, get the kids, the dogs, pets all adults
inside, or if it’s inside, get everybody outside, but it’s always good to have someone keeping
an eye on it from the distance. And I guess, if it goes into an area where
you can’t see it, so if it goes in under the couch, keep an eye on all areas around the
couch. Don’t let anybody near there until you see
it move out, or even when it moves out, just keep everybody away. So, I guess yeah, if it’s inside I’d always
recommend to just call someone, keep an eye on it, if it goes into a bedroom, just lock
the door, don’t worry about keeping an eye on. If it goes in any room that you can isolate,
lock the door, don’t have to lock it, but shut the door, put a towel under the door
so it can’t get back out underneath the door, and then we’ll worry about it when we get
there. The snake catcher can just open the door and
go through everything that’s no drama. You know, it’s probably safer than someone
standing in a room, which can be quite a tight space and then having to worry about a snake
on the move. But when it’s outside, it’s kind of personal
preference, but I always recommend if there’s pets involved and it’s a venomous snake or
big python, just to get it relocated. You know, we… Nothing… The snake’s never harmed. You know, we just pick them up, we relocate
them into bushland within sort of four or five kilometres according to our permit. And, we always pick a good spot, you know,
to release them, where we know they’re going to be able to still thrive and have access
to food and water and shelter. Brilliant, Stuart McKenzie, snake catcher,
thank you so much for being on the podcast. Mate, no worries, I enjoyed it thoroughly. How can people find you? Especially, if they need this snake catching
help up in Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Yeah. So, my business is called The Snake Catcher
24/7. So, if you’re not on the sunny coast, I guess,
it’s either a matter of just Googling ‘snake catchers’ for your area, or going on Facebook,
a lot of snake catchers have Facebook. But yeah, if you’re on the Sunny Coast, The
Snake Catcher 24/7, and my phone number is 0408545440. And, like I said, 24 hours a day, if you have
a snake at three o’clock in the morning, do not hesitate to call your local snake catcher,
’cause we’re all 24/7, even though it’s hard to get up sometimes at three o’clock to catch
a snake, we’re happy to do it, ’cause is what we do. Brilliant. Thank you so much for your time, mate, I appreciate
it. No worries, thanks, mate. See you, guys! Alright, guys. I hope you enjoy that episode with Stuart
McKenzie, snake catcher. Remember, if you would like his services,
if you guys live in the Sunshine Coast area in Queensland, his phone number is 0408 545
440. He is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a
week. So, if you have a snake in your house and
you need it removed, give him a call. So, I hope you enjoy this episode. There’s loads of Aussie slang, expressions,
vocab. He’s got a great accent. And remember, if you would like to support
the podcast and help me bring you more interviews like this, you can do so via my Patreon page
the link will be in the transcript, and if you would like to support the podcast whilst
learning Australian English and upgrading your English, make sure you get into the Aussie
English Classroom and finish today’s 5 to 10-minute segment as the exercises that I’ve
created for you in there. So, that’s designed to teach you Australian
English even faster. So, that’s it for today guys. I hope you enjoy this episode, and I’ll see
you in the next one. Peace out, guys!

38 thoughts on “Understand The Australian Accent With This Interview | The Aussie English Podcast

  1. I'm a French person, it's very hard for me to understand, I can understand just few words but not the whole conversation 🙁 any advice?

  2. Hey I was going to tell you, I live stream every morning 6 a.m. my time which I believe is 9 p.m. your time would love you to join.

  3. THIS takes me high from ground. Sir, you actually have saved my years of time with these kind of videos. Well-done. Have a blast!

  4. I’m an actual Aussie I just wanted to see what dumb Americans and people think our accent is ‘down under’. No offence.

  5. I wanna learn an aussie accent over the summer so ive watched 3 hours worth of tutorials and aussies talking and I am just trying to repeat what they are saying. This is so hard

  6. I am Indonesian and have been living in Melbourne for almost 1.5 years. Unfortunately, I only got few words from those real Aussie conversations without subtitle. As a comparison, I could understand news channel on TV but I couldn't understand the conversation on movie.

  7. that would have to be the longest self promotion Intro I've ever heard !
    got bored and switched to something else. c u never

  8. This video makes me want to not visit Australia when I know I could find a snake under a damn printer 😦

  9. I want to learn multiple accents so I can randomly switch to different accents day-by-day and make people go crazy

  10. Luckily I can understand almost 100% while higly focusing, anyway the Aussie accent is quite different from British and American accents which I could easily understand and speak in

  11. I think Aussie accent much more easy to understand than local English accent. It sounds like in between with American accent and British accent. However, it’s so difficult for me to speak in Aussie accent when I already have an accent. How can I change ?

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