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    Hello guys,

    I got a fright this morning when we came across a black snake. Nero was running a bit ahead and when I arrived 'at the scene' he had sniffed out this black snake. He was curious and also a bit scared. He didn't bite it or anything. He just wanted to sniff it, so he stood there with his head low, slowly edging closer... The snake wasn't impressed naturally. Her head was flat and raised and she looked ready to strike if he was to get a bit closer. When I called him off I must have sounded so freaked out that he just pulled in his tail and ran to me. *phew*

    What do you do about snakes? A friend of mine has snake repellants in her garden but she lives at the edge of town and has frequently snakes in her backyard. We don't have this problem, I'm rather worried about walks...

    Cheers Margoo

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    Gosh I don't have any suggestions... snakes scare the crap out of me.

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    When I see a snake that looks deadly I run away! lol I don't think there is much you can do... stomp on the ground to drive them away maybe?!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Oh, I've had the same thing happen.......I no longer walk my furkids off lead, it scared the hell out off me to see my boy have one in his mouth, which he then dropped out of hearing the sheer terror in my voice, only to witness the snake ready to stike, again he responded to my voice and I then watched him for the next 24hrs for symptoms, thankfully he was fine, but definately am educated now!

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    I had a 4ft western brown snake in my garden the other day and had no option than to kill it. I live on a farm and see a lot of snakes in the paddocks etc and I only walk my dogs in the cool of the morning at this time of year. I leave the snakes alone but if there is one in my backyard I have no option but to kill it. They are deadly and in the last couple of year a number of dogs, a child and a man have died.

    After the snake in the yard episode I have put in 2 snake shields. No idea if they work but it cant hurt and one farmer I know who has lost several of his best working dogs told me that after he put them in it has greatly reduced the number of snakes he sees close to his home and kennels.

    My sister had a large dugite in the stables with her horses yesterday and she is going to try the snake shields.

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    Snake repellents do not work. Don't waste your money if you're thinking of purchasing one. The best thing you can do is make sure your yard is clear of things for a snake to hide in (long grass, mounds of wood or tin, etc) and to make sure you control and possible rodent problems. Also make sure you train your dog to have strong recall so they'll come back as soon as you notice a snake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvershadowwolf24 View Post
    Snake repellents do not work. Don't waste your money if you're thinking of purchasing one. The best thing you can do is make sure your yard is clear of things for a snake to hide in (long grass, mounds of wood or tin, etc) and to make sure you control and possible rodent problems. Also make sure you train your dog to have strong recall so they'll come back as soon as you notice a snake.
    I read that but I know people who reckon they have made a difference. People who have lived in the bush all their lives like the farmer I know who swears by them, so I dont know. I just purchased the ones that he uses. There are some really cheap ones for sale and I dont know if their quality is compromised or not.

    I figured it was worth a try. I keep everything around my place clear because of threat of bushfires including in the garden, I control rodents and I still get snakes so I am giving it a try.
    Last edited by Kalacreek; 12-26-2011 at 07:44 PM.

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    Short grass can actually be worse unless your dogs are constantly supervised when outside.

    In summer my parents always keep their backyard about 2-3 inches long.
    A few years back dad had just freshly mowed the lawn nice and short. A few days later he let Walker the Great Dane outside and he immediately saw the snake sitting at the other end of the yard and bolted for it. Bit right above his eye... it was the only thing that saved his life as because it was a bite to the head it paralyzed him within a few minutes helping to slow the spread of the poison.

    Now that the grass is kept a bit longer they can't see the snakes and head straight for them.

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    Fortunately in the last 13 years living in North Sydney, I've only seen one brown snake about a month ago. What did I do with it? One word: shovel!


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    Beer cans with a bit of condensed milk work well for making them harmless. Once they go in the can they can't get back out as their scales catch. They can't bite and they can't get back out of the yard so you can then call the snake catcher... or dispose of them however you see fit.

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