There's a new type of farm at Renmark in South Australia. Here, catching and exhibiting?
There's a new type of farm at Renmark in South Australia. Here, catching and exhibiting snakes and reptiles is the hobby of the farmer - Joe Bredl. He was born in Hungary, but his hobby has helped to establish his migrant family in its new environment.
The 80 snakes collected by Mr. Bredl are of eighteen different species. And there are also reptiles, birds and kangaroos on the farm. The only member of the family not enthusiastic about the hobby is Mrs. Bredl. But even she gives a had when necessary. Tiger snakes and dangerous black snakes are among the collection. Many of them will go to the Australian Serum Laboratories.
Mr. Bredl works as a painter during the week, but found life dull till he learnt to like the bush and its animals. He got the idea of starting a snake and lizard farm three years ago.
The four Bredl children share their father's hobby. Peter, who is two-and-a-half, handles diamond and python snakes with care, but without fear.
Every year the collection of snakes and reptiles is exhibited at the Renmark Show. A taipan, Australia's deadliest snake, caught during a Queensland snake-hunting trip, is a highlight of the display.