4 October 2023

There's a snake on the loose in Cordeaux Heights and it's getting bigger every day - meet Reema

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A sign next to Reema the rock snake, encouraging people to add to it and watch it grow.

Reema the rock snake is steadily growing along Central Road. Photos: Jen White.

Cordeaux Heights residents have spotted a snake lurking around the neighbourhood in recent days, but no one seems particularly worried.

In fact, folk have taken to it as it grows larger every day.

But there’s no need for a snake catcher to be called in – Reema the rock snake is completely harmless. Reema appeared early in the school holidays and delighted kids (and a few adults) have been adding their own decorated rocks as the trail extends down Central Road from Alukea Road.

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A sign at Reema’s head encourages additions and residents are keen to see just how long she’ll grow.

Ten-year-old Halle added her painted decorations to Reema after her grandmother spotted the rocky reptile on her daily walk.

The idea of painting rocks and placing them around neighbourhoods, in parks and along paths to surprise others is not new, but it surged in popularity during COVID-19 lockdowns when people had limited interaction with others.

Painting rocks was a great time-buster with bored kids and the thrill of hiding them around the streets for others to discover added to the pleasure of taking a walk.

Around the country and Australia, painted rocks have united communities, helped raise funds for local causes, and entire Facebook communities have sprung up, including Gong Rocks, created six years ago.

Another site, painting rocks, has more than 415,000 followers and aims to “create a powerful movement to bring communities together to get outside and moving while being able to express yourself freely and spread happiness.”

“Hiding rocks is essentially a big outdoor treasure hunt fun for all age groups.”

We’ll keep you updated on Reema’s growth in the coming days.

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