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    Last week my dogs had a python it was stuck half way thru the mesh fencing trying to get away from them. I cut around the mesh to release it (then patched the hole). I called WIRES because it had been damaged trying to get thru the fence, they wouldn't come out.

    After I cut it out of the fence it only slid halfway thru to the other side of the fence (it was injured and tired) until one of the dogs opened the back door and all of them got out and came straight to where the snake was that was enough to make is slide all the way thru the fence.

    If it wasn't vibration or smell what would of made the snake move when the dogs arrived on the scene.

    Please understand I'm not doubting you, I do not know anything about snakes and fortunately we have mainly diamond pythons here with the odd RBB. I do as much as I can to keep things clear of debris but we are in very heavy bush here.

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    And keep sources of water where a snake cannot get them. And away from the house ie don't leave buckets or saucers of water lying around everywhere.

    It is possible to get something called a "snake proof fence" of fine mesh that goes under the ground and above snake climbing height but they are good climbers. One of my friends spent a lot of money enclosing her dog yard in this snake proof fence. So far so good.

    Keep the area around the house clear, this will help with bush fire risk reduction too. Garden against house walls is bad. It gives snakes (and termites and rats) places to hide.

    I used to wear gum boots in our feed shed - and chuck the empty buckets through the door before I went in, to encourage the resident brown snake to go in his hole and stay there while I was doing feed bins. He always complied and his hole was under a wooden pallett - so the dogs couldn't get to him either. Snake wrangler came out, had a look (feed shed was on the hill above a creek) and said he could remove that brown snake but another one less familiar with us - would move in and be more dangerous than the "friendly" one.

    So we lived with that snake. Apart from the occasional fright for all of us, there was no problem with bites.

    Might want to be familiar with how to apply a compression bandage - should worst come to worst.

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    Probably the threat of predators haha. The machines I'm referring to are ones such as this:

    Snake repeller - Snake Defence MP Plus Solar

    These absolutely do not work. People think they do because they don't see a snake after they've installed it, but that doesn't mean anything at all =) Whereas these machines are actually tested by people that own snakes and can test them over many species and individuals, and none of them reacted to them in the slightest.

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    This is a good question actully.

    We live right in Sydney and in 2.5 years I have never even seen a snake anywhere.

    However, our new place in Brisbane has ALOT of bush in the yard. It's like tropical gardens with loads of trees and plants etc so we cant clear it out.

    Are snakes common in Brisbane?

    I suspect Pippi will be an excellent killer of snakes. That tiny little dog has the most wicked head shake on her I have ever seen. If she hits you with one of her toys when she is whipping it around, it leaves a mark and it bloody hurts for hours

    My friend live sin towny and they get alot of snakes I guess coz they live rurally. Anyway, the neighbour has a fox terrier who pretty much kills all the snakes before anyone sees them so they usually just see all the dead ones.

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    There are snakes and foxes across a lot of Adelaide. They live in the coastal dunes, and along the creek lines - which often have parks along side.

    My dog very badly wanted to greet a baby brown snake that was trying to get into the cool of the Bathurst tourist office. Freaked me out, and then I freaked the staff out. I think it went around into the fenced off bit where all the air conditioning machines were. They had garden up against the walls - that's where it came from, and then all around was mowed grass cricket ovals and ashfelt roads and car parks. And maybe 1km that way - was the local river and more sports fields.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvershadowwolf24 View Post
    Threads like this make me sad.

    There's no use shouting at them. They don't have ears, so it doesn't effect them one bit. The scams that claim to keep snakes away by making vibrations or smells don't work either, so don't even waste your money. The best way to keep snakes away from your yard is to keep it unappealing to them. Remove anything that could be a nice home for them (sheets of scrap metal, piles of leaves or wood, etc), and also try to control any rats or mice.

    A snake that wanders onto your property doesn't deserve to die. It's also illegal. I realise some people don't have access to one, but if you do you should always call a snake removalist before doing anything else.
    Completely agree Silvershadow.

    Most snakes don't want to waste thier venom on something that they can't eat and will only bite in self defense so the majority of snake bites occur because people are trying to catch or kill the snakes themselves, probably a good idea to have the snake catchers' number close by.

    To my surprise my staffy is actually a good snake dog if he finds one he stands back, barks and then shows me where it is. Snake, dog and human all stay safe a win, win, win situation.
    Last edited by Gem; 08-10-2011 at 08:25 PM.

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    In NZ they do kiwi training to stop hunting dogs from killing the kiwis. It involves an electric shock collar and dead kiwis.

    Dead kiwis are put around and if the dog approaches it gets a shock.

    This happens a few times and then the dog has to pass a test without the collar to be certified as kiwi safe.

    I saw a program in USA where they did this for snakes...do they have something like that here? Not sayign I would use it but am interested if they have it

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    Lala, while there are snakes around Kenmore, the incidents of snake bites are very few. More chance of a dog dying from paralysis tick than snake bite.

    In my old house before I got Batty we had a large eastern brown come through the back yard. Scary part: it came through from the primary school that backed onto our place.... Ex hubby wrangled next door neighbours puppy (who had come visiting after escaping from his own yard) and their cat away from the snake (it went to strike at him while he was at it) and watched where it went.

    The snake removal person we called wanted $300 to come and look at where the snake was, no guarantees they would remove it. Sorry but f*** that for a joke! We warned the neighbours to be wary, made sure it cleared off from our yard and left it at that.

    There should be a service for venomous snakes that removes them so that people aren't in danger. As things stand you have to pay for it yourself. The RSPCA, WIRES & other animal places won't do anything about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelanBatty View Post
    Lala, while there are snakes around Kenmore, the incidents of snake bites are very few. More chance of a dog dying from paralysis tick than snake bite.

    In my old house before I got Batty we had a large eastern brown come through the back yard. Scary part: it came through from the primary school that backed onto our place.... Ex hubby wrangled next door neighbours puppy (who had come visiting after escaping from his own yard) and their cat away from the snake (it went to strike at him while he was at it) and watched where it went.

    The snake removal person we called wanted $300 to come and look at where the snake was, no guarantees they would remove it. Sorry but f*** that for a joke! We warned the neighbours to be wary, made sure it cleared off from our yard and left it at that.

    There should be a service for venomous snakes that removes them so that people aren't in danger. As things stand you have to pay for it yourself. The RSPCA, WIRES & other animal places won't do anything about it.

    Really? They dont remove it? There are snakes around Kenmore!!! Arrrrgh, I dont wanna go anymore LMAO

    Unfortunately, both adults here are extremely snake phobic and there will not be any hesitation to kill one. Itll just be an automatic reaction LOL

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    Could have just been the people we called, but seriously $300 and they wouldn't even necessarily remove it?!?!

    Honestly, you probably won't see one. I've lived around these areas for nearly 7 years now and have seen one snake. Best thing you can do is just let it pass if you see one. Take all animals indoors and keep them locked away, and just let the snake be on it's way.

    Now further south where I grew up... Met at least a dozen every year. But that's far north NSW...

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