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    I would say the snake catcher was right and it was a white crown snake. They're pretty common in gardens and not really anything to worry about being bitten by. There are many mildly venomous snakes that won't cause any more harm than say a bee sting or localised swelling and a bit of pain and/or nausea. White crowns don't get that big and yes they prefer to 'head butt' rather than bite, not that anyone should test that theory. My parent's cat catches them all the time and brings them into the house, their cat catches anything that moves... I love cats, but I really wish they'd keep theirs inside away from the wildlife! If he brings in anything bigger like a tree snake, I get a frantic call to come and catch it. Snakes really are hyped up to be worse than they are. Fair enough that people are scared of them, but there's no need to kill them, snakes quite often are just moving through looking for a meal and don't 'live' there as such, and releasing one a few streets away will get rid of it. Venomous ones are best left to snake catchers who know how to handle them safely, sometimes trying to shovel them can actually be more dangerous than leaving them alone, if you're waving a shovel around at it, it's going to feel threatened and be a lot more likely to bite! Most snakes if they don't feel threatened will just go the other way. Sorry for the rant but I used to keep and breed snakes and they're really not the big scary monsters that people think they are, people are just misinformed and inexperienced. They're wild animals surviving like everything else and deserve respect like anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackthorn View Post
    There are many mildly venomous snakes that won't cause any more harm than say a bee sting or localised swelling and a bit of pain and/or nausea.
    Unless you live down here where the only snakes you ever meet are brown snakes and red belly blacks! Though I must say that I have met quite a few - or usually the dog/s met them first - and they always seemed to be more cautious than I had expected them to be. Saw a few give a warning strike to the dog, but I think they will only really bite if they really feel cornered.

    I do like snakes and I'd never kill them either. Admittedly, I live in suburbia and any snakes in backyards are most certainly only moving through.

    Glad it looked scarier than it ended up being, Lala. Snakes do make me scream too when I first seem them! I would have never even tried to trap it. I would've just backed off and watched it from a distance.

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    When I finished my studies I went to Asia to teach English as a second language for a while. I'll never forget when all the kids became distracted and ran to the classroom windows, looking at a couple black 1.5 metre snakes on the tennis courts outside. Three gardeners rounded the two snakes (which had been mating) and the snakes separated. With one gardener distracting one snake, a second gardener came around behind and picked it up by its tail, swinging it around in the air three times and then smashing it down against the hard tennis court surface, breaking its spine in one blow. They then did that to the other snake. They couldn't have snakes on the school grounds and they looked very experienced at killing snakes with their bare hands!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Unless you live down here where the only snakes you ever meet are brown snakes and red belly blacks! Though I must say that I have met quite a few - or usually the dog/s met them first - and they always seemed to be more cautious than I had expected them to be. Saw a few give a warning strike to the dog, but I think they will only really bite if they really feel cornered.

    I do like snakes and I'd never kill them either. Admittedly, I live in suburbia and any snakes in backyards are most certainly only moving through.
    It's always hard when pets are involved, you can't expect dogs or any other animal to understand that they're dangerous and should leave them alone, but even if a pet does get bitten, the snake was just defending itself as would most animals under attack or being threatened, the venomous ones just have more serious consequences. Sad if a dog gets tagged by one, but also sad when dogs get the better of snakes too, or the people chop them up.

    Quote Originally Posted by fosandebo View Post
    When I finished my studies I went to Asia to teach English as a second language for a while. I'll never forget when all the kids became distracted and ran to the classroom windows, looking at a couple black 1.5 metre snakes on the tennis courts outside. Three gardeners rounded the two snakes (which had been mating) and the snakes separated. With one gardener distracting one snake, a second gardener came around behind and picked it up by its tail, swinging it around in the air three times and then smashing it down against the hard tennis court surface, breaking its spine in one blow. They then did that to the other snake. They couldn't have snakes on the school grounds and they looked very experienced at killing snakes with their bare hands!
    That's horrible! I can understand why they don't want snakes on school property but they don't need to be killed like that It would be far better putting that skill into catching them and releasing them elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackthorn View Post
    It's always hard when pets are involved, you can't expect dogs or any other animal to understand that they're dangerous and should leave them alone, but even if a pet does get bitten, the snake was just defending itself as would most animals under attack or being threatened, the venomous ones just have more serious consequences. Sad if a dog gets tagged by one, but also sad when dogs get the better of snakes too, or the people chop them up.
    I personally have never witnessed a dog who did not have a natural respect for snakes. I know they exist, but even my 'kangaroo dog' would not take them on. Nor her crazy JRT friend who used to go into some sort of trance when she was chasing rabbits.

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    I agree Blackthorn, it's horrible. I think in Australia we're quite humane the way we kill animals, not so in other countries unfortunately ...

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    "It's in the tray" !!!!!!!

    Thats bloody funny. Thats the sort of thing i do to my wife and get a real kick out of it.

    Every month or 2 i'll jump up while in bed and yell that somthing just slivered up my leg. I then sit back and watch her nearly backflip out of bed and scream.
    Gets her every time !!!!

    I've tried to remove snakes from inside our house before and after the 3rd or 4th strike at me they usually get the shovel. I dont care if it's illegal or not. I'm not risking my pets or kids.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    "It's in the tray" !!!!!!!

    Thats bloody funny. Thats the sort of thing i do to my wife and get a real kick out of it.

    Every month or 2 i'll jump up while in bed and yell that somthing just slivered up my leg. I then sit back and watch her nearly backflip out of bed and scream.
    Gets her every time !!!!

    I've tried to remove snakes from inside our house before and after the 3rd or 4th strike at me they usually get the shovel. I dont care if it's illegal or not. I'm not risking my pets or kids.
    iM pretty sure its perfectly legal to kill a snake that is a threat to you or your pets

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    We were looking after a friends dog not long ago... he got bitten by a snake at night... we found him that morning... sadly he didnt make it :'(

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    Lost my cat a couple of months ago too to snakebite. The front of the house where the cats hang out separated at all times from the dogs is impossible to net.

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

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