It's strange I never saw any snakes despite spending a lot of time camping in the Flinders ranges, and on farms until I was in my mid 20s. And then it was in the office I worked in. Which happened to be near the swampy end of Lake Burley Griffen. We also had mice, rats, sparrows and starlings in that office.
We caught the baby brown snake under a metal rubbish bin and put a giant metal sticky tape dispenser on top. Then called the snake catcher - and he didn't charge anything.
I also shared a horse feed shed with a brown snake - nearly 2m long. The only time we were unsafe was the first warm day of the season but not for very long. There were so many mice in that shed - that snake was so full most of the time we didn't see it. And it stopped other snakes not so familiar with the feed shed routine from moving in. It lived under a wooden pallet under a lot of feed bags - so the dogs couldn't get to him. I used to wear knee high gum boots, make a lot of noise on approach and then chuck all the empty buckets into the shed ahead of me - just in case the snake hadn't heard the stomping up door banging.
Never had a problem with it and the snake catcher wouldn't take it away (money or not) because he said everyone was safer with the current arrangements (ie no new snakes moving in).
A friend has a dog/cat run she reckons is snake proof - it has fine metal mesh and shade cloth - but rats can get in there (rat poo evident) so I'm not convinced a snake couldn't get in if it wanted.
I also suspect good habitat for geckos, blue tongues and mice and rats - is also good habitat for snakes. That's my back yard. I'm working on the mice and rats and so is my neighbour's cat. And the blue tongue sometimes eats the mice too. At least I had an argument over who gets to take the mouse out the trap one time with the lizard - he was trying to swallow the mouse still in the trap and he had to give it back so I could get the mouse out.
PS sometimes I remove posts that advocate doing something illegal.
I'm not sure that protecting property is illegal but I'm also not sure a shotgun is the appropriate way to do it. Not for me to decide. I think, given snake catcher quoted the post, and answered it, that the lesson is best left to stand as it is.
Ie don't openly promote illegal stuff like shooting snakes on internet forums. And do point out the problem and alternative more suitable action.
It is also illegal to use bird netting as a trap, this is unlawfully trapping a native animal, not only does bird netting trap snake, but lizards, bats, birds and mammals all die in this terrible stuff.
A snake is most likely to bite when it is scared and in pain,
When the bird netting catches them, it slips between the scales and if left can almost cut them in half as they struggle and struggle it just gets tighter and tighter.
If they are lucky, some ones comes along and rescues them or blows their head off with the 410
In this video Im removing 3 tigersnakes from a bird net
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here we are rescuing a copperhead
I think it is fine when you have access to local hospitals, snake catchers, vets etc. Where I live you dont. A couple of years ago a child out here died because they couldnt get him to hospital in time and any dog out here dies without exception when bitten.
I do everything I can to make things safe and I leave a couple of huge resident brown snakes alone as they know the routine. However there are occassions when one has to act, end of story. I use shade cloth and fine mesh as the best options and do around the yard but when you have large areas of silos of grain, large sheds sometimes you have to make choices when faced with certain situations. Very few people I know out here will actively go out of their way to kill a snake unless they feel there is a direct threat to the lives of their children, themselves or their dogs.
if you feel yo have to kill a snake, please make it a quick and painless death, decapitation is cruel and inhumane, it can take 10 minutes for a decapitated snake to die.
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So are you able to tell us what is a humane way without in any way condoning killing snakes? I hate killing anything, and would never do so unless forced to. This includes putting an animal to death that has been mangled on the road but is still writhing in pain (I came across this once and I had no idea what to do and it was really traumatising).
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