Snake Vs dog Vs me

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 20:09
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Arriving home today I heard dog barking her head off and ignored it until I got changed. At the sun room door, the cause of her barking became evident.

A brown snake was curled up next to her water container which was about five feet from the door. After opening the door I bolted for the dog and put her in an enclosed area between the garage wall and the fence.

Without thinking I climbed the fence and then went to the front door which was of course was locked. Back over the fence again, and not one weapon in sight.

To make matters worse, dog got back into the patio again; so much of the effort went into containing her again. In the end I threw a pot plant at the snake and have no Idea where the bloody thing is at the moment.

Dog seems to think this was one big adventure and is now sitting at the back door waiting for the second round!

Regards

Kim
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Reply By: Member - Axle - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 20:15

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 20:15
Well whats wrong with that????


Good dog you have there Kim!!.



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Reply By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 20:20

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 20:20
Last week my daughter's little Jack Russel X took on a Tiger Snake and RedBelly Black Snake (both snakes dead),By the time they got to her she was in respiratory failure,..End of story..




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Reply By: Mudripper - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 20:52

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 20:52
So I guess the only thing that didn't fare well was the pot plant. lol.
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 20:57

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 20:57
Kim,

These unusual conditions see snakes in otherwise unknown locations. We saw one recently in our factory complex and someone (not me) killed it.

You know where our factory is and one would never expect to see a snake there. It is in an industrial district. These buggers are seeking a feed and a drink in strange places.

Cheers,

Jim from Best Off Road.



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Follow Up By: Member - Footloose - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 21:09

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 21:09
G'Day Jim. Are you suggesting that Kim has a strange place ? LOL
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Follow Up By: Kim and Damn Dog - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 21:30

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 21:30
Gidday Jim

I was talking to a couple of bloke’s scaping a small industrial block last week. They came across two snakes in the first couple of hours. With the dry it’s understandable.

Regards

Kim
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 21:42

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 21:42
Gday Kim,
Keep the 410 close!

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Reply By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 21:50

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 21:50
Just stay clear of the Lunatic Soup whilst snakes are around,



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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 22:34

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 22:34
Geoff
While I pity the severity of this guys predicament, he is a fool all the same, he and his mate must have been blotto, and obviously drunk behind the wheel. What a price to pay for stupidity.
Colin.
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 22:39

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 22:39
Hi Colin,
That pretty well sums up my thoughts on the subject!

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Reply By: On Patrol & TONI - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 22:38

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 at 22:38
Kim,
were it me & my precious dog I would be looking at lodging it somewhere until you know where that Brown is and that the dog is safe, just for it's own good as well as your peace of mind.
Cheers, Colin.
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Follow Up By: Kim and Damn Dog - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 16:09

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 16:09
Gidday Toni

Don't worry, she's been locked in the house all day. The little buggar still keeps going to the back door for another look.

I've given the back yard a good look over, and thump with the shovel. Pretty confident that the snake has now departed.

Regards

Kim.
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Reply By: Member - Tony S (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 00:12

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 00:12
Warfer

sorry to hear about your daughters little Jack.
Tiger and a red bellied black.
What a lethal venom combination!

If you go to the following:-

www.venomsupplies.com/toxicity

There are some interesting details on snake venom.
You could also try in google the following:-

differences between tigersnake and redbellied black snake

Some more articles

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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 11:21

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 11:21
Thanks very much Tony will pass it on to my daughter,The vet new it was the Tiger that did it and looking at thae site you supplied confirms it...

Hows the Inland Taipan at 50.0 Relative Toxicity what hope would someone hav...



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Reply By: DIO - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 08:39

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 08:39
During 'snake season' if there is 'justification' to kill a snake, back end of long handle rake is ideal. If you've got guts enough, a length of fencing wire also does the job. Works like a stock whip. Remember most bites occur when people try and catch or kill the snake. For some reason they (snakles) 'feel threatened'.
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Reply By: Member - Wayne David (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 10:47

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 10:47
I'm going in to bat for the snake here.

Living as I do right in amongst the bush, snakes are a reasonably common site for me (red bellies & pythons mainly). In the 15 years that I lived here I've never encountered a problem with a snake by following the simple rule of just leaving them be.

I see them & they see me and that's where our association ends. I wish them no harm what so ever.

However not too long ago my Mum who lives in town had a snake stuck in her swimming pool's cleaner box. It was a black & white striped fella & needed a helping hand to get his tail freed.

A phone call to our local reptile handler saw the snake ID'd as a Bandy Bandy, taken away and I'm told released several days later when it had recovered.

I reckon it would be a pretty good idea for everyone to jot down the name of their local reptile handler. These guys and gals are the experts.

As someone mentioned the biggest single cause of snake bite is when people go on the offensive and attack the snake. Leave them alone and jump on the phone.
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Reply By: Member - Richard H (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 13:53

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 13:53
Living in Broken Hill, where it is very dry at present, snakes are coming in for water.

I was told years ago by an old bush feller that if you make certain that the taps are fully turned off, dog's water is placed off the ground, and anything that may attract mice, eg. open chook/dog food bags left laying around and not in covered rodent proof containers, yer gonna get jo-blakes.

I have lived here for nine years, in three different houses, and I have followed this advice. I have never seen one snake in any of my yards.

It's unusual for a snake to be seen moving during daylight hours, they are a nocturnal creature. Probably the reason why we don't see too many of them.

I'm not keen on snakes, but I leave them alone. Best thing, if seen is to get a snake catcher, though the bloke here, charges a fee now.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 22:03

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 22:03
snakes are not neccessarlily nocturnal - some kinds mainly carpet snakes are.

most bities such as browns, mulgas, tigers etc are predominatly daytime animals but on warm nights they will remain active.

snakes wont come in for water - they have no requirement to drink although they will if the oportunity arises. More likely they follow animlas attracted to water such as rodents and birds
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Reply By: Ozboc - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 21:07

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 21:07
So now you have an injured snake close to your house ???

No comment ......


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Follow Up By: Kim and Damn Dog - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 21:25

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 21:25
Boc

I'm not sure what your talking about. I did'nt say the snake was injured.

If your refering to thumping the ground with a shovel, it's an old method to moving snakes along. Would have thought that most people knew about that.

Regards

Kim
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Follow Up By: Ozboc - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 09:00

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 09:00
HI Kim , You said you THREW a pot plant at the snake , so i presumed you were a good shot and maybe hit the snake .... no mention of hitting the gorund with a shovel ....

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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 10:01

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 10:01
Dispicable behaviour Kim.

What you should have done was offer your visitor a cup of Earl Grey and a Cucumber Sandwich.



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