Dadbe (King Brown Snake)

Dadbe (the king brown snake, Pseudechis australis) is a venemous snake, like yirrbardbard (the taipan, Oxyuranus scutellatus). We have two types of brown snakes in our country here. One lives in open woodland areas, while the other lives on the floodplain. Perhaps in the past people used to eat dadbe, but there are lots of snakes we don’t eat. We only eat borlokko (water pythons), manjdjurdurrk (olive pythons) and kedjebe (file snakes) these days. And perhaps maddjurn (black headed pythons). In other areas they eat barndol (carpet pythons). Lots of snakes aren’t venemous, but dadbe, yirrbardbard and bek (death adders) will kill you if they bite you.

Dadbe nawu nayin nakka mayh. Nawu yirrbardbard nabang yerrih nayin nawu kare kadjordmen nawu yirrbardbard kayimerran dadbe kakimukmen. Bokenh nawu dadbe ngarrikarrme kahdi kondah kunred. Nakudji nawu kare kore manberrk dja nabuyika nawu kare kore kabbal. Korroko djaying birringuni dadbe nawu dabborrabbolk. Nawern nawu nayin minj nawu ngarringun. Dja nawu ngarringun nakka borlokko manjdjurdurrk dja kedjebe dja ngalbu marddjurn nuk ngawakwan. Kunubewu ngalmak bu ngarringun. Dja ngalbu barndol ngalka kabirringun kore kubolkbubuyika. Nawern nayin yika djakwarre bu kanbaye minj karridowen. Dja nawu dadbe yirrbardbard dja bek nakka karridowen bu kandibaye.