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    You've actually seen a snake go into a can after some condensed milk? Hmm lol

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    so this can thing....wouldnt you have to cut the lid off? Surely they cant fit through the drinking hole?

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    You would be surprised what they can fit into! They go after the sweet smell.


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    I don't doubt at all they get their heads stuck in cans. After all, they are very dumb. Going after milk on the other hand... I'll believe that when I see it.

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    I have repellers. Not sure if they work. We also have snake netting and shade cloth ringing the dog pen (90 mtr circumference as well as the back yard.) Have caught 2 browns in it so far this summer.

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    I was given a solar powered repeller (looks just like a garden light) that apparently emitts a vibration through the ground keeping the snakes away. I was suss about it as i thougth they where a scam but after 3 weeks we havnt seen a snake. Not that thats surprising but what did surprise me was normaly i see 10 to 15 canetoads every night on the lawn. In the last 3 weeks i've seen one. Its worked a treat keeping the ugly buggers at bay.

    Poisonous snakes usually met the shovel around our house. Greens and carpets are usually left alone.


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    Cans are cruel. Yes cruelty can even extend to animals we don't like much, or that aren't cute and fluffy, and it shouldn't be publicly promoted.

    Shovel is fine if you're game, over 97% of snake bites in humans occur when the person engages with the snake. So be certain that you can out-strike it. If you're not certain, don't take it on.

    A good shot with a shotgun is better if you're in the country and have someone handy. 410 is better than 12g.

    Shooing them away is safer. A wide gauge section of plumbers pipe with a screw on top for each end is useful for catching them if you want to relocate them.

    As for meeting them on walks, yes to on-lead. Much easier to pull a dog away from one than call it.

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    a can is cruel but hitting them with a shovel or shotgun isn't. The can's don't hurt and are easily cut off so they can be re-released rather than killed, which might I add is illegal here

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    Being stuck in cans creates suffering. The ones I've removed from cans have been so distressed they had to be heavily sedated to remove them. Especially venomous ones which, even if cooled off are absolutely beside themselves with their head wedged in a can and steadily sawing through their skin and still pose a deadly threat. Understandably so. Plus they suffer injury to their necks.

    I would infinitely prefer a quick end to an animal than a human causing it to suffer. I would've thought that was a no-brainer.

    Despite my many years of telling people not to kill snakes, they are better left alone, it's illegal etc etc and providing them with either free catching service or infinite advice on how to deal with them safely - I'm very well aware that people will not ever stop wanting to hurt or kill them. The only way to counter it is to hope that people have a shred of decency and do it quickly and humanely. That doesn't involve setting inhumane traps like drink cans.

    How many venomous snakes have you removed, or do you know of that have been safely removed from a drink can, treated for their injury and dehydration and suitably released? Probably not many and I would hazard a guess that anyone setting a drink can as a trap lacks the specialist equipment required to do all of that. It would be a far more common circumstance for a snake to be caught in such a manner and then get the shovel. Twice the suffering for the price of one.

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    Apart from the fact that I wouldn't dare go anywhere near a freaked out snake with its head in a can to free it ... I found too that the can trap thingy looks rather cruel. What if it takes off with its head in the can before you get a chance to free it? It'll die a very painful death. I don't think I'd do that even to a snake and to my knowledge snakes like all wildlife are protected? In any case I have no problems with snakes from a safe distance and no intentions of catching or killing one whatsoever.

    If I'd saw one in our backyard (or in the bedroom like a friend of mine...) I'd probably hide and call the snake man to take it away. Seriously... I have a lot of respect for Australias fauna - especially the poisenous species My initial question rather referred to walking dogs. A friend of mine who lost a dog to a snake bite a few years ago is walking their dog now almost only on a lead along the road... and I wonder. Is this what you guys do too? Is it really the only way to stay safe in the summer? It seems so. Either this or getting up awfully early to get out before the sun does *ermm*

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