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#1017428 - 06/10/2011 20:31 Snake Spotting
Mathew Offline
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Hi all,

(Here a bit of a warning Keep a look out for snake during the day as well night time. )

The weather is right at the moment in Townsville for them.


Edited by Mick10 (29/10/2011 17:49)
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#1017435 - 06/10/2011 21:10 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
Mathew Offline
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01, (Here a bit of a safely tips all ways Listen to a sound moving at night time that how you know there is a snake moving around you)

02 them run for it that if the snake having got you it's is all ways hard to see them at night time.....

03 them tell some one and they might know what they want to do with it that would be better or I think there is a number you can call that might be a better idea.


Edited by Mathew (06/10/2011 21:17)
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Rs tl 2016/17 Wet Season.
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T now 21.8C > Tm 31.6C minT 17.2C H 74% W 0.0kmG 13.3km BAROMETRIC 760.2mmhg 10:50pm 9/26/17 > re update night

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#1017441 - 06/10/2011 21:30 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
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Remember, all snakes are protected. It is illegal to harm them.

Snakes do not want to bite you. Pythons don't kill by biting and those that do would prefer to use their venom to kill their prey. You are too big for them to eat.

Some snakes are also very handy to have around. Pythons will keep your mice and rats down and even the neighbours cat if you are lucky. Red bellies, one of my favourites, eat browns.

If you don't want snakes to see your place as a good residence then clean up the yard, remove rubbish they can hide under and that attracts food for them.

Most snakes are just passing through. Leave them alone and they will be more than likely gone in the morning.

If you have a snake that really must be gone contact your local licensed snake remover. Most people who are bitten by snakes are done so as a result of them trying to kill the snake.

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#1017442 - 06/10/2011 21:39 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: bundybear]
Mathew Offline
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it's was a one brown snakes I think it's was.


Edited by Mathew (06/10/2011 21:46)
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T now 21.8C > Tm 31.6C minT 17.2C H 74% W 0.0kmG 13.3km BAROMETRIC 760.2mmhg 10:50pm 9/26/17 > re update night

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#1017444 - 06/10/2011 21:52 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
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That leaves it quite open to what sort of snake it was. You can not tell a snake by looking at it. You can get an idea though.

I love my brown tree snakes. They just cruise around the place and are interesting to watch.

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#1017445 - 06/10/2011 21:53 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: bundybear]
Mathew Offline
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It's had a little bit of Black in it's as well.
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T now 21.8C > Tm 31.6C minT 17.2C H 74% W 0.0kmG 13.3km BAROMETRIC 760.2mmhg 10:50pm 9/26/17 > re update night

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#1017467 - 06/10/2011 23:29 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
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Bit late Matthew. I have been seeing snake activity for the passed 6 weeks or so. Plenty out here in teh upper Ross. My resident stinky snake hasn't appeared lately. Might have caught a fast moving car. Bloody thing has been living in a self watering pot plant for the last 3 years or so. Kookaburras have been having a feast of small snakes around my area for the last few days. They won't touch next doors massive carpet snake though. They would need to be the size of an Emu just to pick it up.
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#1017482 - 07/10/2011 01:44 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: SBT]
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Snakes have been active in the ACT region for the past couple of weeks (at least). One of the family cats got bitten this week. Most snakes here are eastern browns.

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#1017506 - 07/10/2011 08:21 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: bundybear]
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Originally Posted By: bundybear
Remember, all snakes are protected. It is illegal to harm them.

Snakes do not want to bite you. Pythons don't kill by biting and those that do would prefer to use their venom to kill their prey. You are too big for them to eat.

Some snakes are also very handy to have around. Pythons will keep your mice and rats down and even the neighbours cat if you are lucky. Red bellies, one of my favourites, eat browns.

If you don't want snakes to see your place as a good residence then clean up the yard, remove rubbish they can hide under and that attracts food for them.

Most snakes are just passing through. Leave them alone and they will be more than likely gone in the morning.

If you have a snake that really must be gone contact your local licensed snake remover. Most people who are bitten by snakes are done so as a result of them trying to kill the snake.


I am a licenced catcher for the Proserpine/Airlie Beach area and agree fully with what you have said.

While most people can identify a carpet snake very few can tell the difference between say an Eastern Brown, a Taipan, a Keelback, a Brown Tree Snake or a King Brown although everyone thinks they can!! Without exaggeration something like 80% of calls I get are "I've got a Taipan" or "I've got a Brown Snake" then you turn up and its something completely different - usually harmless! So far this season I have only caught 1 Taipan and around 6 EB's.

Phone numbers of Licenced catchers are available from people like Parks and Wildlife, fauna rescue or WIRES, police, council etc.

If anyone wants a snake ID'd ( mainly Queensland snakes - not so good on southern species like copperheads etc) you can PM me a photo or upload it via my webstite www.snakesofthewhitsundays.com where you can also find more information on local species, first aid, venom and lots more.

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#1017533 - 07/10/2011 11:48 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Firepac]
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Rubbish!
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#1017534 - 07/10/2011 11:50 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Firepac]
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The only good snake is a dead snake..


Just kidding my old man used to say that alot, working out near Mt Stuart he's had his fare share of heart palpitations. WE have two snakes that hang out in the front garden, sometimes curled up around the pole supporting the patio. As long as they stay there.. Gardening days, I most definitely wear flip-flops just in case.

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#1017556 - 07/10/2011 13:20 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Sandfly]
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Originally Posted By: Sandfly
Rubbish!


Care to elaborate on that?

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#1017564 - 07/10/2011 13:46 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Firepac]
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Firepac, just curious. How much does it cost to have someone come catch a snake. Not that I need any snakes caught or removed. It could be useful info for those that may.

I have plenty come visit.

This green tree snake was so pretty. The vivid blue spots that he had that don't show up. He was after brekky (AKA, one of my frogs)



Then a couple of days later his mate got into the house because someone left a door open. He got his head stuck in the laundry basket. Made catching him so easy. He went down to the front paddock.



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#1017567 - 07/10/2011 13:58 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: bundybear]
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Originally Posted By: bundybear


Then a couple of days later his mate got into the house because someone left a door open. He got his head stuck in the laundry basket. Made catching him so easy. He went down to the front paddock.




laugh Doppy thing! Thats funny.

I haven't seen any snakes this season yet over here in Perth. I am sure there around. We usually get plenty of Dugites and Tiger snakes. I have seen lots of lizards though in the last few weeks; shinglebacks and monitors.

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#1017569 - 07/10/2011 14:00 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: bundybear]
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Hey bundybear, there is no hard and fast rule as to cost, some people do it for free and i have heard of others who charge $200.

Personally I usually charge $50 for the call out, mainly to cover fuel, equipment and other costs. Most clients are more than happy to pay others bitch and squeal and believe it should be free. I consider it reasonable especially considering the majority of calls are after hours or on weekends.

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#1017573 - 07/10/2011 14:07 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Firepac]
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Originally Posted By: Firepac
Hey bundybear, there is no hard and fast rule as to cost, some people do it for free and i have heard of others who charge $200.

Personally I usually charge $50 for the call out, mainly to cover fuel, equipment and other costs. Most clients are more than happy to pay others bitch and squeal and believe it should be free. I consider it reasonable especially considering the majority of calls are after hours or on weekends.


Many many years ago if you had rung National Parks and Wildlife service in Brisbane after hours you may have got a recorded message for wildlife emergencies. You could then have even got our number to call.

One Sunday night/Monday am I woke to the phone ringing at about 2am. Some person on the other side of town had just discovered they had a snake in their letter box. My advice, go check your mail tomorrow at lunch and you should be fine. It will get too hot inside the box and the snake will be gone. If not, ring during office hours to get the phone number of your local snake remover.

They wanted me to go catch it. Yeah, right. I still wonder why anyone is checking their mail box at 2am on a weekend?

Want to see a pic of my favorite hen the other year?



Yes, that lump. Mr Carpet relocated down by the creek.

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#1017578 - 07/10/2011 14:24 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: bundybear]
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That photo reminds me of a call out I had a few years ago. The lady showed me the small part of the snake that was visible amongst some rocks and while I was working out the best way to get it out she commented in passing that she hadn't seen her two cats in a couple of days. Well as I am sure you can guess when I finally removed a 3.5M scrub pyhton sure enough there were 2 large bulges in its belly!! I didn't have the heart to charge the distraught woman. The only downside of the story is that the cats both had flea collars on and the snake died soon after.


Edited by Firepac (07/10/2011 14:24)
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#1017683 - 07/10/2011 20:44 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Firepac]
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If you see a snake DO NOT take your eyes off it, back away slowly while keeping your eyes on it. Snakes will not strike unless they feel threatened, so don't give them a reason to.
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#1017687 - 07/10/2011 21:08 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: thomo]
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Whilst I agree to a point about moving slowly, the preferred option is to stand still. This is because snakes do not have particularly good eyesight but the do detect movement and are reactive. If you can stand still they will just crawl between your legs and keep going if you move you run the risk of the snake reacting to the movement it may perceive as threatening and strike if in range. It will NOT however chase you.

Example below of Eastern Brown.....


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#1017690 - 07/10/2011 21:14 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Firepac]
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Probably should have said based on distance. smile
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