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    Bit like sharks I think. Its their turf, if one bit my dog its on me. If I get eaten by a shark at the beach its their territory.
    Glad the odds are with me though...lol

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    Hi RileyJ,
    Snakes are found around residential properties for a number of different reasons. They require food; water and shelter just like most animals, and are not here to hurt people or their pets.

    Snakes play a very important part in our environment and if they were removed populations which they control would explode, these include mice, rats, frogs and skinks. Snake prevention is very simple, think as though you were preparing for a bush fire. Keep grass low and gardens simple.

    Avoid keeping wood piles close to residences, keep rubbish heaps and composts tidy, control mouse populations by baiting or trapping.

    Always remember that we have moved into their environment not the reverse, if we want to live with nature we have to except all of nature, not just the cute and cuddlies but the scaleys too!

    There are a wide range of native Australian animals, and they are all part of our environment. These range from koalas to kangaroos, possums to echidnas and encompass all of the reptile family. All of these animals, including venomous snakes are protected by law, and killing any of these animals can inflict hefty fines and in some cases imprisonment.

    Reptiles can generally co-exist quite efficiently with human life, and in many instances have flourished from it. This is quite obvious in the case of the Eastern Brown Snake which predates primarily on introduced species of mice and rats.

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    Snakes here are welcome anywhere else on the farm just not in the dog pen.

    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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    There was a lovely python in the paddock next to the house for many years.
    We were very upset when we found that someone had run over it on the dirt road and displayed it on our front fence. If all this makes me a hillbilly then so be it.
    There are fanatics with everything and the best path is a middle road.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    There was a lovely python in the paddock next to the house for many years.
    We were very upset when we found that someone had run over it on the dirt road and displayed it on our front fence. If all this makes me a hillbilly then so be it.
    There are fanatics with everything and the best path is a middle road.
    No, THAT dosnt make you a hillbilly Dee, but this comment will surely get you in the club, lol

    Di_Dee1 said

    Snake netting checked.
    Shotgun in the safe ready to be grabbed.
    I don't give a rats if people don't like this.
    Wayyyy too many snakes here. Had I think 7 all up last season in the netting trying to get into the dog's area. Browns and a few RRBs.
    I have had animals killed by snakes and it ain't happening to my dogs if I can help it.
    Last fatality was my second cat in an unnetted area at the end of last season. There is no way I can net all out the front.
    Last edited by Snake Catcher; 09-27-2013 at 06:39 AM.

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    I have also been bitten but luckily not envenomated (can't spell, lol)
    I don't think it excessive to try and protect my dog's area on a 500 acr (yes I am old, can't remember hectares)
    So many deaths over the years here with animals. Kids have had run ins too but luckily knew the keep still drill and we did all the usual prevention stuff. No snake catchers at all out our way so we protect our home area the best we can.
    The shotgun is so they don't die a lingering death. If I didn't care I would just leave them in the netting. We are also an hour away from the nearest vet.

    Just info, not defensive as each to their own and I believe everyone has the right to their own.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    Snakes here are welcome anywhere else on the farm just not in the dog pen.
    As much as I don't advocate the killing of snakes, I think Di's situation is vastly different from that of a city/suburban person. I grew up on a farm, back then if someone told us to call a snake catcher the response would have been "a what???"

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    I agree, there are different circumstances but the need to kill the snake can be avoided by most of us.

    If you do have a trapped snake that cant be rescued, please don't let it suffer and don't cut their heads off with a shovel as the can stay aware, watching and smelling for more than 10 minutes.

    While the body is writhing with nerves, the head is awake and watching in total fear.

    The quickest most humane death for any animal is massive brain trauma..mmk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snake Catcher View Post
    don't cut their heads off with a shovel as the can stay aware, watching and smelling for more than 10 minutes.
    I found this bit particularly interesting. My pop(passed nearly 10 years ago now) always said, a dead snake is still dangerous untill the sun goes down. Of course this goes back to the days of "the only good snake is a dead snake"

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    I now have some tractor tyres with veges etc in them unprotected out the front. Shade cloth rings the tyres from the top (lumps of wood keeping it there) over the sides and again the bottom L part (in the other direction) covered with dirt to keep them away from underneath the tyre. I have binoculars and am planning to survey the vines and approach very carefully to do any work or harvest over there. I was going to have a compost tyre till visiting son told me it would be a snake magnet. I live on a sandhill which snakes are not really supposed to like.

    My usual procedure with a snake out the front is to call the cat and get it into its room then try and watch to see the snake slither away from the safety of my long front verandah as the tyres are just on the other side of the dirt driveway within reach of the hose. I am very aware that where there is one there are often TWO.

    Once when son was a teenager he reported he saw a snake caught in yabby nets in what is now the dog's shed that bloody husband had not put up high.
    A hooked pole was used and sure enough out came a snake.
    Hubby was walking away until son said that is the wrong snake. Sure enough, there was another. (browns)

    Similar when I was bitten near an outside aviary...(birds then rehomed and aviary removed) An hour away from nearest hospital too. I was very lucky. (Both browns)

    Younger son adores snakes, he accidentally ran over a RBB with his motorbike after getting down from the tractor, he identified it as it flew over his head. 10 minutes later he removed his boots..Mum, I have been bitten. Two puncture marks. They were where the elastic side bits are on work boots. We spent New year's eve 2000 in intensive care for observation..not invenomated. This is the son who also used to visit the python in its habitat. He found it very peaceful observing it quietly.

    Yes. My situation here is vastly different to town or suburban living but I post in snake threads as rural people read them too and it just may help someone.

    My best to everyone.
    Last edited by Di_dee1; 09-28-2013 at 10:35 AM.

    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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