Essential Energy worker scared off by brown snake while trying to get a meter reading

Ian Trevethan was left with this message after an Essential Energy worker could not read his power meters. Picture: Ian Trevethan/Twitter
Ian Trevethan was left with this message after an Essential Energy worker could not read his power meters. Picture: Ian Trevethan/Twitter

What could be more Australian than finding a letter in the mail saying your power meter could not be read because it was blocked by a brown snake?

Southern NSW farmer Ian Trevethan caught himself in that situation on Tuesday when he found a note from Essential Energy in his letterbox.

According to the note, the provider “was able to read one meter before (the) snake came out of (the) grass”.

Wagga’s snake man Tony Davis advised local residents of a few hot-tips to consider if ever confronted by a snake coming into the peak season.

“All snakes are defensive if they’re approached and only want to protect themselves,” he said.

“They’ll naturally sit up and flatten themselves out to make themselves look larger and scary. If you’re confronted by one, just sit still or move away backward.

“They have very poor eyesight. Once three or four metres away, you can turn and start moving away a little quicker while still keeping an eye on the snake.”

A myriad of true blue Aussie punters took to Twitter to express their thoughts on M Trevethan’s scenario.

The eastern brown snake is responsible for about 60 per cent of snake bite deaths in Australia and is the world’s second-most venomous terrestrial snake.

It was responsible for 23 out of the 25 snake bite deaths between 200 and 2016, according to the National Coronial Information Service.

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