Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus)

Fear I strike wherever I go
For my venom can swiftly flow
My poison’s there to kill my food
But I will bite you if you’re rude
If you see me then stay away
I will bite, hear what I say?
Let me live life far from you
I need my space; I really do
To slither round and be alone
Eating mice and tadpoles I have grown
Near two metres tail to nose
I like to live where water flows
Frogs and lizards live there too
And I eat them; yes I do
When the sun is warm I lie out flat
I get more of Sol’s warmth like that.
You may see me out on road or track
Soaking Sol’s rays into my back
My stripes are beauty to behold
With darkest brown and brightest gold
Like a Tiger is my guise
To help me blend before your eyes
In Spring my stripes are very bright
But if you see them don’t take fright
Just walk away and let me be
Or your fast movement I might see
As something that could do me harm
So keep it quiet; just stay calm
By Autumn I look rather dull
and cold puts me into quite a lull
As Winter comes I go to bed
And stay there till the Winter’s dead
Too cold for me in Winter time
‘Cos Old Sol’s warmth I find sublime

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