Granite Belt postie's snake fight vid goes viral
HER video of snakes battling to the death has been seen by 188,000 people since posted last week and even appeared in a Taiwanese newspaper.
Self-taught photographer Jenny Hillman, 67, is a pensioner and part-time postwoman at Ballandean where she lives.
She noticed snakes in a dual while walking her dog Barry last Thursday and after showing her husband Geoff, posted a short unedited video on her Facebook page.
Mrs Hillman said her sister followed where the video was being shared and the comments it generated. It has been shared more than 1000 times.
"Apparently it's been in a Taiwanese newspaper, online, and if you go in and have a look at it the whole thing is in Taiwanese except for my name - Jenny Hillman - in brackets, in English,” she said.
The video was posted in "just about every reptile group” on Facebook and countless media outlets, she said, highlighting the importance citizen naturalists like herself play in sharing the wonders of the natural world.
The resilience and determination of the snakes was incredible, she said.
The smaller snake fought ferociously, repeatedly biting the larger one and injecting venom.
The larger snake didn't change its jaws' position, she said - they were locked in the same place on the smaller snake's tail for the entire battle.
Eventually the smaller snake was hardly moving and was dragged back into the rock crevice where Mrs Hillman believes its nemesis would have eaten it.
"It's definitely educational,” she said. "The ABC put it on their kids' news website, with a little article targeting kids about it.
"It must have been shared in about every reptile group in Australia...pointing out what snakes they are and what they're doing.”
Mrs Hillman felt buoyed by the global interest, and encouraged others to take a keen interest in what's in their backyard.
"You've got to keep your eyes open,” she said.
"This is how a lot of stuff is discovered, by people accidentally coming across that sort of thing - a snake eating a frog or a snake eating a snake or a crocodile.”
A grandmother of seven, Mrs Hillman said they had all loved the video and she hoped they would share her interest in nature as they grow up.
While she's happy with the interest in snakes her video has generated, Mrs Hillman is also glad to be relatively "anonymous”.
"I still can't believe this video's gone viral,” she said.
"It just seems nuts, it seems bonkers.
"I like the fact that everyone's talking about it but nobody knows who I am.”