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Thread: Snake Prevention

  1. #31
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Mid North Coast NSW


    It certainly is awful to come across a severely injured animal on the road. I have way too strong a sense of self-preservation to tackle anything large, including snakes. But occasionally I have come across things that were small enough to put out of their misery. A blue-tongue for example that had been run over and left to die with it's innards hanging out of its mouth. That one was so awful I shed a tear driving away, I'm such a soft touch. And rabbits are everywhere here, and always getting hit. Although they are a massive pest and rabbit roadkill is no loss to the environment, I still can't handle seeing them suffer.

    Thanks for the advice snake-catcher, I'm sure it goes against the grain to tell us that, but I do think it's important to know.

  2. #32
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Rural Western Australia


    With birds it is probably easier to quickly dislocate their necks. With large injured animals it is often not possible to do much especially if you are on your own and they are not safe to handle. I was on a road train route heading north and there was a stretch of road where there was green feed on the edges in the road ditch in a drought. It was late afternoon and there were hundreds of roos. The road was littered with many dead and dying roos for a good number of kms as the road trains were just too big and heavy to do much and they just kept going. It was a horrible scene.

  3. #33
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Rural NSW


    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    I've come across a few of these situations and my decision was to line their heads up with my car tyre and run my car over their head. Sounds nasty but at the end of the day they were either going to die a slow painfull death or someone was going to find a way to put them out of their misery. I did also make sure I had done the job properly by both running over their heads a few times before getting out to check that they were in fact dead.
    Been there, done that and hate it but it is necessary.
    The last one caused a huge fight with hubby.
    On the way home from Dinner and a movie about midnight we hit a young roo.
    I demanded we turn around and check, he just wanted to get home so I told him fine, when we got home I would go back. Screeching tyres angry turnaround, yes it was dead.
    A neighbour reported that its mother stayed beside it for about 24hrs, so very sad but it came out of nowhere so fast. I still felt bad for the mother.

    My son who is army, sniper training has told me always look from right to left when sweeping for movement as our eyes are trained from reading to move left to right and more movement is picked up doing the opposite.

    Other son who was home recently knows this and automatically went into scanning mode when we traveled at the worst times of the day or evening despite 2 years of large country town living, lol.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

  4. #34


    thanks for the info snake catcher and lol i know those people in the 2 nd video from when i use to life in summervile my mum has bird netting around the trees but we have made shour that it 's not touching the ground and what the best gear to wear when walking in long grass i were steel-cap boots with my jeans over the top like i learnt in the air force cadets but the thing that bothers me is that what do you do when you see a snake when your on a horse pull the horses up before you get to close and wait till they past on thru or keep on riding and they will get out of the way ?
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  5. #35


    If the snake sees the horse it will move,

    they are huge animals compared to snakes, like dogs and humans, the snake does not want a confrontation with any of us.

    The snake may freeze in the hope the danger will pass without incident.

    Keep up the great work Ruby, and the people in the video were pretty cool

    Here is some video of a horses reaction to a snake when they are not surprised by each other, they give way.

    Last edited by Snake Catcher; 09-30-2013 at 12:56 AM.

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