Heavy canvas sacks twitched quietly in the centre of the enclosure. Charlie breathed in shallowly each time a sack moved.
The man dressed in thick clothes and gloves, even in summer. Despite the breeze, perspiration coated his face.
He pulled out taipans, red-bellies and copperheads. A king brown slipped the restraint’s noose. The man caught Charlie’s eye, plucked it up quickly and secured it in a sack.
Later, he passed around a diamond python. It was heavy to hold, and undulated drily in Charlie’s eager hands.