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#1345116 - 27/10/2015 08:01 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
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Bit scary hey, only up the road.
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#1345214 - 27/10/2015 16:35 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
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I think the media need a kick in the arse for sensationalising it. They are about as the weather warms up but basic first aid will save 99% of bite victims. It's the ones where a person is alone in a remote area or already have a medical condition that are concerning. Most bites occur from people doing the wrong thing.

Occasionally the deaths are unavoidable but most can be treated. Scary is our atrocious drivers up here in FNQ.
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#1345439 - 29/10/2015 01:08 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
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Last 2 deaths up this way from snake bite have been from a guy trying to catch a brown and it bit him when he cornered it in a room, it was only a small one but venom just as dangerous.
The other was an unfortunate teenager who was camping out and set his swag up on the top of a Death Adders hole ..he was bitten which he didn't realize ,his friend took him to hospital but he died on the way .
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#1345907 - 02/11/2015 10:49 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
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That snake on the BBQ is a posed dead snake. Which is a pretty dumb thing to do as dead snakes still have venom in their glands and if you pick one up and are scratched by the teeth you can still be envenomed.

Plenty of snake reports in Townsville area including one death from a possible eastern brown or taipan in the last 10 days or so. 10 to 15 call outs a day on some days. No rain so vermin is moving into suburban environment which of course means snakes are following the food. There is a small but growing number of people in Townsville starting to appreciate snakes and what they do to keep down rodents. They are following a plan to leave water bowels out so that snakes can get a drink and that also attracts frogs. We have a resident carpet snake that visits us on a semi regular basis. Nice old chap about 7 feet long, lives in next doors ornamental gingers and appears now and again. Both us and the neighbour don't mind him being there and the woman who lives there is quite happy so long as she knows were he is and she avoids the area but quite happily gardens around him when she needs to. He isn't in the least bit aggressive and will move off if he is disturbed.

For people in Townsville who need a snake removed checkout the mobile numbers of the registered snake catchers on this Facebook page. Townsville Snake Catchers Facebook Page
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#1358445 - 13/01/2016 09:56 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
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#1358801 - 15/01/2016 16:06 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
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We had two red bellies at our place before Xmas. One went into our garage (about 3 foot) and another the very next day in the back yard heading past our shed, he was only about 2 foot.

We just encouraged them to go back towards where they can feast on the frogs and mice that may be around.

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#1359938 - 23/01/2016 05:00 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
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Stunning Lesser Black Whip snake


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#1364553 - 06/02/2016 15:44 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
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Brown snakes have a fearful venom just as a Perth woman found out and is lucky to be alive.

Woman bitten by brown snake
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#1367726 - 29/02/2016 09:11 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
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I had a little (30cm) red belly black snake wanting to come inside the shed last night. I told him he cannot be allowed in, as there are not mice around, the the shed resident cat may kill him. So I picked him up and took up to the dam where he can chase the little frogs and such to his hearts content.

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#1367734 - 29/02/2016 09:51 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
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They are around here too, we are on the edge of suburbia in Aberglasslyn and onto reclaimed farm land.
Bloke across the road has already seen a semi-adult brown snake, so always on the look out.

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#1372892 - 12/04/2016 19:28 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
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Coastal Taipan claimed a snake catcher. My neighbour is the local catcher and says he's been bitten a few times but not by these bad boys.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-12/sn...dangers/7320104
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#1372969 - 13/04/2016 15:40 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
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That's a shame.

I guess snakes don't know that catcher is not a threat. frown

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#1373248 - 17/04/2016 13:03 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
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Sad story but shows how lethal some snakes e.g Taipans and brown snakes can be never take them likely .Had a guy up here that tried to smash a brown snake with his thong well he thought it was dead but it was just stunned ,bit him and he only just made it alive to hospital in a coma.

Snake man dies
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#1373365 - 18/04/2016 18:33 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
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In my view it actually demonstrates how effective the Pressure Imobilisation Bandage technique really is when applied quickly and correctly. He presented to hospital with NO signs or symptoms of envenomation. I also believe the hospital made at least one major error in his treatment but that's a matter for the coroner and the Medical Review Board to decide.

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#1374017 - 27/04/2016 11:15 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
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#1387999 - 22/09/2016 12:32 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
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Hi does anyone know if commercially available snake repellants actually work. Friend of mine is a dog breeder in the country and was talking about them the other day. Just wondered if it would be like buying a bicycle for a fish or if they had some use?
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#1388232 - 25/09/2016 17:50 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Ruckle]
Firepac Offline
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Originally Posted By: Ruckle
Hi does anyone know if commercially available snake repellants actually work. Friend of mine is a dog breeder in the country and was talking about them the other day. Just wondered if it would be like buying a bicycle for a fish or if they had some use?


There is NO scientific evidence to show that they work. I have relocated hundreds of snakes from properties 'protected' by them and some even curled up around them.
If they did work I would make a fortune selling them every time i get called to relocate a snake, but i dont because they do not work.


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#1388267 - 26/09/2016 09:45 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Ruckle]
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Originally Posted By: Ruckle
Hi does anyone know if commercially available snake repellants actually work. Friend of mine is a dog breeder in the country and was talking about them the other day. Just wondered if it would be like buying a bicycle for a fish or if they had some use?


They certainly didn't work for me. Hubby bought one as a gift to save my chooks. I really have to wonder if it attracted more as last year was the worst snake season for me. Not unusual for the son to remove one every few days.

He caught the biggest python I have seen on our property in the chook pen one night. I would guess it had to be about 12 foot. I can not find the pics of it that I know that I took.

Surprisingly given the great weather I haven't seen any so far this year and have the son building me a new chook pen which will be snake proof (I hope, the old one was supposed to be) and hopefully my chooks will not be scoffed so often.

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#1388272 - 26/09/2016 11:30 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
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Yes my friend down the south coast of W.A near Bussleton had 2 Dugites mating right next to his snake repellor in his front garden one summers night .
Others around the area haven't had much luck with them either.
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#1389630 - 06/10/2016 20:15 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Mathew]
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