This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In reading the Gardener's Monthly just come to hand, I note the passages referring to the curious fact that snakes, at least of some sorts, will swallow their young while they are very small to protect them against danger. As your statement on this subject was not credited, it may be some satisfaction to you that in two instances very intelligent and trustworthy Australian colonists related to me, independently in different parts of this country and at a different time, that they had witnessed snakes conceal their small fry in the mouth or throat when danger arose. One of the gentlemen assured me that the maternal snake made a hissing-sound when he approached, and that the young ones, which were creeping about in the grass, came from different directions, hurrying into the month of the mother one after another.
The opportunities for really witnessing this mode of concealing their young is probably rare; and it may be that only some kinds of snakes have that propensity. I have in my thirty years travels through the Australian Continent encountered these dangerous creatures so often, that I for safety's sake always tried to get out of the way on the least chance of seeing them; hence, I cannot speak of my own experience on the subject, and I am now sorry that I omitted to ask the natives about this.