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    Very different indeed, Di.

    We occasionally get snakes in suburban backyards here and the advice from the rangers is that in most cases they are just passing through and all you need to do is wait. Otherwise, they will come out and remove them.

    We meet them regularly when out walking, but they are always more scared of us than we of them. I've seen a few browns give 'warning strikes' to dogs and they always instinctively backed off so the snakes had a chance to slither away.

    I know dog owners who never allow their dogs to run through long grass in snake season here, but I think the chance of them getting bitten by stepping on one is so small that I don't want to resort to that. And of course we have dozens of vets nearby and two hospitals.

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    Yes I am in a similar situation to Di. A child died out here a couple of years ago, very tragic. Pretty serious stuff. Dogs die without exception. There is no vet.

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    Before the dog pen was ringed with the shade cloth etc also before the back yard was enclosed and protected I looked out the window and saw a brown right near the dog pen gate, up and warning lunges at the wire, the 4 dogs enclosed as I hadn't let them out yet. The snake could easily have got through the wire not even touching the sides.

    Picture Di running out the front door and around to the side, jumping up and down as hard as I could (do vibrations affect them? The repellers don't) and shouting out (for my own benefit as I know they couldn't hear me) "DON'T YOU BLOODY DARE!!!!!!" and to get the dogs away from it over in the direction I was. Dogs were going ape at it but did come over which made it easier for the snake to back down. It did back down and slither away between me (a safe distance away and now standing stock still) and the dog wire and I watched it disappear on its way down the back, lol.
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    I think brown snakes can hear... or feel air vibrations (sound).

    I had just figured out how to get down a very steep bit of bike path and around the corner next to a creek at the bottom, without needing to use the tredley brakes and a couple of days later when I did this manouver - around the corner was a brown snake 3/4 the way across the bike track. Not enough room to go round. I made some blood curdling noise and put my feet on the handle bars - but the snake turned on its tail and got off the bike track back the way it came. There's no way it would have felt the bike from around the corner or seen me from the angle it was on... It must have heard me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I think brown snakes can hear... or feel air vibrations (sound).

    I had just figured out how to get down a very steep bit of bike path and around the corner next to a creek at the bottom, without needing to use the tredley brakes and a couple of days later when I did this manouver - around the corner was a brown snake 3/4 the way across the bike track. Not enough room to go round. I made some blood curdling noise and put my feet on the handle bars - but the snake turned on its tail and got off the bike track back the way it came. There's no way it would have felt the bike from around the corner or seen me from the angle it was on... It must have heard me.
    We have a bike path that goes past the beach that I take Brock to and the path leads to a wetlands area ... I chat daily to the regular walkers(dog and no dog walkers) and they see snakes all the time on the path. What amazes me is that the richard craniums in lycra that can't see why they should slow down for the off leash dog area don't occasionally run snakes over. I have to guess that it has certainly happened, just I've never heard about it. Maybe one day karma will get em ...

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    My footwear for going over to the unprotected vege container area is thick socks and high ugg boots. It will be a lovely joy in high summer, lol. I will be watering in the evening, one of their fave times.
    You can picture this, can't you, binoculars round neck after and during surveying the area. My preference is to observe and let them slither away out the front as we have done the best we can to protect the dogs out the back.

    Shotty is always locked in the safe, ammo as per regs and they don't come out till needed.
    Snake at the dog pen I wanted to see what it did and if it went in or not. Running down the hall, opening safe, loading etc and by the time I got there it could have been in the shed with their beds or maybe under the clamshell pools full of water or fighting with them. I HAD to see where it went and thank dog, it went away.

    Years before I watched helplessly from the verandah as 2 previous dogs (about 15yrs ago) were toying with, throwing it in the air between them and killing a brown.
    One word from me and one could have been distracted and bitten. I felt soooo helpless. They both spent the night at the vet's, on cortisone just in case and close observation. Phew, they were not bitten. I think, if they were in that situation as the snake was in dire peril we may not have got there in time like we did with another cat of mine (aka flat cat now too. Yayy antivenom in an almost hopeless case)

    She was fine about 15mts before, then flat in the hallway. I didn't know a cat could look so flat.

    Vet told me to totally wet her through in the laundry sink, wrap wet towel around her, aircon on high blowing on her in the car and if she was still alive after the 80 or so kms we may try antivenom. He told me not much hope but I wanted it. My psycho cat is still alive today (cow that she is) I pushed for Brown as they were what we had seen here most at the time around the house. Knew I was gambling.
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    Snake Man. I don't know to what depth fangs can penetrate,
    Do you think the ugg boots are OK or should i get some long gumboots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    Snake Man. I don't know to what depth fangs can penetrate,
    Do you think the ugg boots are OK or should i get some long gumboots.
    Australian venomous snakes have tiny fangs, not like the rattlesnakes and vipers in other parts of the world.

    I always recommend wearing long loose pants.

    If a snake strikes at your leg, its nose will touch the material of the loose clothing and the mouth will shut on it. T

    his has saved many people from a bite.

    In general, uggies would stop a bite from an average size tigersnake but I would probably invest in a pair of gumboots, specially if you live in the Northern parts of the country.

    Hyacinth, there are studies happening to try to establish wether snakes can hear, personally, I don't think they can but they are super senstitive to air borne vibrations,

    that's for sure.

    I have turned a snake around by simply clapping my hands,

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    I usually wear leggings or a skirt. Once nearly stepped on a tiger but not where I am, was 8kms away. We are talking browns and RBBs seen over the last 23 years.
    I am mid NSW

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    Yes gum boots should do the trick.
    As for snakes hearing - forget it. Technically you will get a yes in certain cases, but in the real world, isound is not a factor of relevance to them.
    All the best

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