Tiger snakes are common at my end of the Strathbogie Ranges. They usually favour the cool moist areas such as creek banks and swamp edges. This morning one was lurking in our garden. The dry season may explain why it was there because we normally only get brown snakes on the northern slopes. The gang of small birds that alert us to predator activity near the house went extra crazy, using unusually harsh and aggressive calls especially the grey thrushes. This snake was climbing shrubs in search of nests full of blue wren eggs or chicks to eat . It was over a metre long and quite thick perhaps a pregnant female. Female tiger snakes are viviparous and usually give birth to 20-30 live young in late summer. I moved it on its way back down to the creek with a very long poking stick!