I was working on the computer inside my tent at Kabulwarnamyo when Bill the Grey Butcher Bird and her family began kicking up a furious din. This was no mellifluous song but a loud chorus of alarm calls. I came out the back of the tent and found five birds all perched on branches in a group and looking at dead leaves near the end of an old log that I liked to sit on in the evenings. As well as the calls there was vigorous wing flapping and darting about. I noticed some movement down amongst the leaves and saw a very much adult Deaf Adder (aka Death Adder, Acanthophis praelongus, or Berk in the Kundedjnyenghmi dialect of Bininj Kunwok). The adder had bitten and immobilised a dragon lizard (Lophognathus gilberti) and was manoeuvring it into a good position to swallow. I thanked Bill and crew for the information and killed the snake. I wouldn’t bother a snake in the bush, but a deaf adder just outside my tent pretty much on the path to the outhouse…. sorry. Most snakes will run away if they hear you coming. But not the deaf adder, whose lifestyle is as an ambush predator who stays still but ready to strike at prey who might wander by, or some human unfortunate enough to step on it. The Deaf Adder is one of the most poisonous snakes in the world. Without quick access to the anti-venom the death rate is about 50 per cent…and Kabulwarnamyo is more than 120km from the nearest clinic that MIGHT have the relevant anti-venom. Deaf adders are quite small. One nearing a metre would be a giant. The venerable Lofty Bardayal Nadjamerrek told me that the most dangerous are not the largest and oldest but young snakes in the peak of life. As he understood it, and no-one would know better, venom production or toxicity declined in old snakes. The Grey Butcherbird, by the way, is known as Djobbo in the Kundedjnyenghmi dialect of Bininj Kunwok.