Snake in the grass

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For a split second I’m not sure who was most afraid — one of those spiders in the bed moments — lizard brain for us both.
Face to face with a beautiful young male viper sunbathing in the dead grass up on Mulfra Common.
Moments later I found his sloughed skin and brought it home as a trophy of my confront­ation with nature red in tooth and claw and all that.

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