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#1026944 - 05/11/2011 12:44 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Sara B]
RoadkillNZ Offline
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Registered: 19/01/2011
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Loc: Jimboomba, Qld
I can remember the first time I saw a snake over here, within a month of getting here. A real estate agent was showing us an house that the owners had left about a month before and it was empty. While we were looking around it I saw this thing hat looked like a green snake, and I asked the real estate agent about it and he said it was probably a toy snake one of the kids that used to live there left there as a joke, so he threw his keys by it to see what happened. Needless to say the snake moved and shot his theory to bits, then he had to find something to get the keys back with, ended up breaking a branch off a tree nearby to get them so we could go. We were told later after they got the snake guy out to move it along that it was a green tree snake. But we laughed about the whole experience, and it was cool seeing a wild snake so soon after getting here. Although we now live on a acreage and have not seen any around yet.

Of course the kids love all the snake shows and enjoy handling the Pythons etc and want a pet snake.
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#1027008 - 05/11/2011 18:44 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Dawgggg]
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Have seen plenty of snakes up here but none so far this season. Last autumn I trod on a huge black snake, I'd guess 7ft or more, it was thicker than my forearm. It got scared even more than I did. I was worried my little JRT was going to get bitten.

Mostly though we see copperheads up here, they hang around the pond looking for frogs.
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#1027808 - 08/11/2011 08:20 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Blizzard]
David Simpson. Offline
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Loc: Tasmania
Tassie is snakes alive! Our 26 acre property crawls with them each year, a mixture of Copperhead and Tiger snakes. They tend to stay out of the house paddock these days (avoiding my removal process, wise move) but they happily exist around the dam and in my bushland. Since breeding up a Guinea Fowl population I rarely see them near the house.

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#1027846 - 08/11/2011 10:05 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: David Simpson.]
bundybear Offline
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Registered: 28/12/2010
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Loc: Between Bundy and Gladstone
My population went down by one brown tree snake this week. The dogs are quick.

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#1027954 - 08/11/2011 14:48 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: bundybear]
Scottie A Offline
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Originally Posted By: bundybear
My population went down by one brown tree snake this week. The dogs are quick.


Sounds Familiar my dogs have done this a few times to various snakes including a baby red bellied black snake and several brown tree snakes.
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#1027988 - 08/11/2011 15:53 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Scottie A]
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Scottie, we move our slow moving non venomous snakes from the house yard to stop them falling prey to the dogs. If we notice a brown or redbelly we lock the dogs up to protect both of them. Green tree snakes generally get left to fend for themselves. They are very fast and manage to elude the dogs and live quite happily with the dogs.

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#1028248 - 08/11/2011 23:34 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: bundybear]
Scottie A Offline
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Originally Posted By: bundybear
Scottie, we move our slow moving non venomous snakes from the house yard to stop them falling prey to the dogs. If we notice a brown or redbelly we lock the dogs up to protect both of them. Green tree snakes generally get left to fend for themselves. They are very fast and manage to elude the dogs and live quite happily with the dogs.


Same here but our dogs normally notice them before we do.... but we definitely lock the dogs on our verandah if we happen to notice a snake near their dog yard and take the appropriate actions depending on whether it is venomous or not.
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#1029051 - 10/11/2011 07:22 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Scottie A]
joesk Offline
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Registered: 25/08/2010
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Loc: In a BUS, where ever I stop..
Hi all, here is some footage of a nice old carpet taken last night at Mt Cotton (Brisbane) cheers.

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#1031349 - 16/11/2011 21:47 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: joesk]
joesk Offline
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Loc: In a BUS, where ever I stop..
the snakes were on the move last night, found 3 carpets and a bandy bandy up near killarney last night, love bandy bandys such a striking pattern, thought I would share a video of the little fella, cheers

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#1031351 - 16/11/2011 21:56 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: joesk]
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I love bandybandy snakes. So colourful. Haven't seen one in years though. Don't think they live up here.

Poor little fella making his hoop when you upset him.

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#1031375 - 17/11/2011 00:04 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: bundybear]
joesk Offline
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Hey bundybear,pretty sure you would get them up your way, I think most of QLD,NSW,Vic and top parts of NT are in their range, the only time I have seen them is around a bit of rain. It was dry when I saw this one but a storm had passed by not far a few hours earlier. Love that hoop display and how they move ,almost like they are on a bed of ball bearings, cheers

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#1031473 - 17/11/2011 12:13 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: joesk]
core puncher Offline
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Loc: Old bar NSW east of taree
been alot of snakes about this way of late, unfortunatley most becoming roadkill over the past fortnight alone ive spotted 4 live reds 2 brown a huge lace monitor and countless bearded dragons.. about 5 dead reds, 2 brown (one i couldnt avoid hitting) one poor lacey and a mother of all carpet snakes which when stretched out reached across 2 lanes and some,..was rather heavy to drag off the road also..poor things.
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#1031490 - 17/11/2011 13:31 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: core puncher]
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Registered: 22/01/2011
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Loc: Brisbane Qld
Ran over the most beautiful big python a couple of weeks ago. It spanned easily across 1 lane and wasn't even stretched out, wouldn't be surprised if it spanned 2 lanes fully stretched. Came around a corner at night on Waterworks Rd at The Gap and spotted what I thought was a big stick but it was too late to swerve or stop safely. frown It was like going over a speed bump with all 4 wheels taking a jolt, I can only hope that one of those wheels struck its head and did the job quickly.

Needless to say, I was quite traumatised! I wonder though, if it was already dead as it did not move at all before I hit it. That's probably because it was blissfully unaware of its fate, though. frown

Whenever I see roadkill, I cringe at what a failure of mankind it is to have innocent victims' life taken for no good reason other than getting in the way of our "progress". Now I understand a little more that sometimes it's just unavoidable!

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#1031515 - 17/11/2011 15:25 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Curiouser]
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Curiouser, carpets always amuse me when they are on the road. Out the back of Kenilworth one day we found one stretched across the road. He wouldn't move. I ended up resorting to tossing small rocks at him to wake him up and get him to move. I wasn't brave enough to try anything else.

I stopped to move one on my road one evening. The rotter decided then that the shade under my car was perfect. Took me another 10 minutes to persuade him the scrub was better.

The daughter who is learning to drive managed to avoid a lovely red belly on the road the other day. She was so proud of herself.

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#1032331 - 19/11/2011 12:39 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: bundybear]
Scottie A Offline
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Loc: Spring Mountain, Greenbank
GAhhh another eastern brown snake will post video up later...


Edited by Scottie A (19/11/2011 12:39)
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#1032360 - 19/11/2011 13:59 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Scottie A]
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Loc: Mount Macedon, VIC
I've only ever seen about two snakes in my life. A little closer towards Melbourne though where there is a lot of long grass, it's crawling with copperheads most summers. These are the snakes that tend to cause the most problems in southern Victoria. Of course we have the usual Eastern brown and Tiger snakes here but they are not all that common and only occasionally encountered in the bush.

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#1032367 - 19/11/2011 14:33 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: ColdsnapIII]
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Registered: 07/02/2007
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Loc: Townsville Dry Tropics
I just completed a 1200 klm round trip to Emerald and back to Townsville. Being bored witless I started counting dead roos etc as something to occupy my mind. Total for trip down was 72 roos, 1 fox, 1 pig, 1 echidna, 1 crow, 2 slow snakes, a couple of very smelly cattle and 1 sheep, and a couple of magpies. But on the entire trip apart from a couple of birds I never saw an animal alive on the road. The amount of road trains using the back road via Charters Towers means that they can't brake to avoid hitting anything and will just plow through whatever is on the road. It's not the drivers fault he can't stop 60 tons as quick as you can a car. And while in Emerald I saw a water python at the big park with the windmill and a lovely diamond patterned python out near the picnic area of the dam.
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#1032381 - 19/11/2011 15:26 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Scottie A]
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Well here is the video as promised.... This must be the year of the eastern brown, second one so far this year when we have been here 5 years and seen none until now only pythons and brown tree snakes.

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#1113337 - 07/07/2012 16:13 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: Scottie A]
MC Thomas Offline
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I saw guy today in Highgate Hill, Brisbane-


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#1113342 - 07/07/2012 16:52 Re: Snake Spotting [Re: MC Thomas]
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Loc: Proserpine
Nice find.

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