October 27, 2012 at 3:15 am #257382
I have seen this snake about 6 times in the last 2 weeks.It must mean that he lives here. I only have 1/4 acre and I am surrounded by sugarcane.My yard is ideal for snakes, mulch, rocks, frogs etc.I have lived here 20 years and have seen mostly tree snakes, this is the first time I have seen this black one.We have a snake catcher in Childers but when I see the snake, he is not going to stay in place.I am not scared of snakes but would prefer he went somewhere else to live!October 27, 2012 at 8:47 am #528697
yep, sounds like good habitat for snakes of all sorts.
you will need to be vigilant especially if you have young children, see your chemist for a snake bite 1st aid kit, all i know is you need an elastic bandage. and keep the limb imobilised splint it or with a leg strap it to the other leg.
red-bellied blacks are probably the least to worry about they would rather not come in contact, and have never heard of anyone dying from a bite. the browns they are a different kettle of fish, they can propel them selves at a victim from up to 12 feet away and strike multiple times in a flash. so time to study up a bit.
coming into the breeding season now so the males high in testosterone are stroppy and a female protecting her nest can be the same. if you see a snake standing or with its head held high back off while keeping a watchful eye and head inside. in nearly all cases a snake will not follow and when you next come out might very well be gone.
make lots of heavy walking noises when moving about, they feel the vibrations and move away long before you see them, so the number you actually see maybe very few to what is there. keep outside tidy no piles of stiff on the ground timber metal whatever, keep rodent populations down by baiting with block baits from produce agency, the theory being no possible food less snakes.
all snakes are protected so keep it quiet, i carry a 6 foot length of 1″ black poly to beat on the ground with to send a message.
so take care this snake season, keep the ground well cleared of grass.
lenOctober 27, 2012 at 10:44 am #528698
Local snake catcher suggests hosing them away,it usually discourages them.
Local bushie kills every snake except red belly blacks.October 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm #528699
Learning how to treat bites is a very good idea. As is keeping the area around your house clear of places to hide, and keep the grass short. A few guinea fowl might be helpful? (they’re the ones that go snakes yes?)
And yes, I’ve had success a few times watering snakes to clear them off 🙂October 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm #528700
I wouldn’t worry too much unless it is a very young snake. Red belly blacks tend not to get on with other more dangerous snakes so should stop browns etc from hanging around your place.
As everyone else has said, red belly blacks are not usually aggressive towards people and mostly bite if stepped or provoked. I would only worry if you have kids or pets that may annoy the snake and get themselves bitten.October 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm #528701
I am an old lady, so no kids.I do have chooks running around but as you say, I usually only see them running”sliding” away. I have clear paths throughout my garden so I can see any snakes.I just wanted to know if others are so blase about snakes, friends think I should worry more. Here is a brown, but I think he is a tree snake. I found him curled up under my Jak fruit tree and told him to stay there while I got my camera!October 27, 2012 at 11:55 pm #528702
looks like a yellow faced whip snakeOctober 28, 2012 at 8:44 am #528703
Hi, Red bellies can be a great asset, as they feed on the young Brown snakes, so assist in keeping the Brown snakes away. We too have just found a red bellie Back in our yard and we have young kids. A good opportunity to teach them to respect snakes, we spend a lot of time in the bush so snakes are not new to them. I’m not sure about sugar cane country, but in NSW all Native animals are protected under the Threatened Species Act but there is an exception with snakes that a person can not be charged for killing a snake if they feel they are in danger. This is a bit broad as I would think that just seeing a snake for many would make them feel they are in danger. Out of all the poisonous snakes the Red Bellie is the one I would be most happy with to be around, and they are known to not to be aggressive unless provoked. Its also good to keep in mind that a large proportion of snake bites are a result of someone trying to kill the snake, make some noise and they will move on, the hose idea sounds good, I know if you hosed me every-time I was around I would move on :laugh:November 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm #528704
Thank you for all the replies, I feel better about it now. I was watering the other day and he shot out of that area and I haven’t seen him since. So the water treatment really works!November 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm #528705
I’ve seen two brown snakes within the last hour.
I don’t like browns. 🙁November 1, 2012 at 6:02 pm #528706
Oh Dear Lady B, I don’t like browns either.
We hose the red bellies around here and they go on their way…..most of the time. Other times the neighbours have called in the local snake catcher. His catch cry is for every one you see there are 34 you don’t :S . Be very careful, it’s that time of the year again.November 1, 2012 at 8:48 pm #528707
We have always umm!! discouraged any on our property as we always considered them very venomous and they love eating my chickens and guinea pigs BUT after researching because of your question I found this:
Although they are venomous, the toxicity is not considered fatally dangerous. The venom of this genus destroys muscle tissue, but does not effect the central nervous system. No adults have died from a bite.
They are excessively shy creatures, who will evade humans rather then strike. Its also a fact that if you have red bellies in your yard, you are not likely to have Brown snakes! Red’s actively chase Brown’s away, as the Red Belly toxin kills Browns. :cheer:
I will, in future, treat them with more respect and allow them to share our property…… just not sharing my chickens or guinea pigs.November 3, 2012 at 6:09 pm #528708
Unfortunately I don’t believe that red bellied blacks keep browns away as I’ve seen both quite near the house within a day of each other. Haven’t seen a tiger snake for a while though, so I guess that’s a plus.November 4, 2012 at 5:30 pm #528709
Unless your in the same sleeping bag then not much to worry about :ohmy: They usually take up to much room and you cant get the zip done up.
Red belly blacks will usually get out of the way but treat them with caution as they are quite poisonous,
DennisNovember 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm #528710
Its probably stretching it a bit to say if you have red bellies there will be no browns, but brown snake young are part of the reds diet so keep the numbers down. Frogs are also part of the red bellies diet and unfortunately in areas with the cane toad there numbers have dramatically decreased (even snakes can’t deal with the poison of cane toads) As a result the brown snakes in the same area have increased, totally upsetting the balance. So whilst you may see reds and browns in the same area the reds will keep the numbers of browns down. By the way Reds are not part of the browns diet (preferring small mammals instead) so the food web processes are quiet delicate regarding the two species. 🙂
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