John Cann

Snake man calls it a day
The last Cann snake show was performed by John Cann on 18 April 2010. Click here to watch the video if the link below doesn't work.



ABC's 7:30 Report featured a story on Tuesday 13 April. Click here to view the ABC story.

Sydney Morning Herald, 19.4.2010: 'No Cann do any more as snake man farewells family tradition'.

Southern Courier, 16.4.2010: 'Snake Man calls it a day'.

Sydney Morning Herald, 22.1.2010: 'Time to say goodbye to some not-so-cuddly friends'.

ABC Behind the News, 4.5.2010: John Cann: snakeman

Early life
Born in 1938, John Cann is the youngest of George and Essie's three children and the last Cann family member to perform the La Perouse snake show.

He is also an Olympic decathlete, boxer and played three codes of rugby.

The 1956 Melbourne Olympics
When he was 18 years old, John competed in the Decathlon at the Melbourne Olympics. Click here to see his results.



John beats Yang from Taiwan to win the 100 metres in the decathlon.

Competing in the discus.

Did you know?
John is also a world-renowned expert on Australian turtles and has published a compendium, Australian Freshwater Turtles. The Cann's Snake-Neck Turtle (Chelodina canni) was named after John in 2002.



In 1997, John helped Steve Irwin verify a new species of turtle that Steve and his father discovered, which is now known as Irwin's Turtle.