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    Door snake

    A baby brown by our front door.
    I prefer it if he lives elsewhere.

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    That looks like a red bellied black snake to me! :O.. either way, YIKES.. too close to home.. literally!!
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    Yeah not a baby brown - they have a black splotch on the top of their head, not the entire head like this. Much more likely to be a juvenile Red-bellied Black or maybe a Small-eyed Snake.
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    Indeed looks like a Red-belly, Lovely snakes we get them all the time on our dams I love watching them.
    Perhaps with the heat he has come in? or you may have something around he likes to eat
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    Beautiful, but yes, inappropriate for the front door. Good to call out when you have unwanted visitors though
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    That's why I took the photo - to get a positive id. On close examination, it looks like a small-eyed snake. Which would be great news. On the other hand, my doorstep is a bit close when its so hard to tell.

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    Damn - poisonous too. Oh well, now we have 5 different snakes on our land, 3 of them poisonous.
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    Good pic but wouldnt like to have it that close to the house in case it decided to come in
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miaow View Post
    Good pic but wouldnt like to have it that close to the house in case it decided to come in
    I certainly don't want him inside, or any snake for that matter. I'm please that it wasn't a brown, though I know there are lots of browns around the house, so it doesn't really make any difference. I think that pets are the main worry for us. We will leave the snakes alone, but our cats? They poke around into things and a snake could get a bit defensive about this.

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    I'm up at Springbrook (in the Gold Coast hinterland) and I LOVE it when I discover a new snake or baby snakes on my property. I don't have children or pets though...

    Really cool photo, btw

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcflora View Post
    I'm up at Springbrook (in the Gold Coast hinterland) and I LOVE it when I discover a new snake or baby snakes on my property. I don't have children or pets though...

    Really cool photo, btw
    I love them too and I certainly wouldn't kill them. I have considered trapping the browns, but where would I put them? I like the green tree snakes the best and they live right next to the back door. The browns and small-eyed snakes live a few metres further away in the dry stone walls and the blacks live down by the creek. We will keep the area around the house cleared so that the snakes stay away, but it doesn't always work. Let's hope the cats don't get bitten.

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    Let's hope the cats don't get bitten
    Unfortunately it will be only a matter of time if they're inquisitive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimD View Post
    Unfortunately it will be only a matter of time if they're inquisitive.
    Lots of cats don't get bitten here, so it isn't certain by any means. A cat used to live here and he never got bitten, nor did the dogs, though the boxer next door did get bitten (he's ok, though it did cost a lot for antivenom) Anyway, these guys are basically indoor cats, so they will probably be ok. The old cat stays outside a lot, but he's very unlikely to go poking around a snake.

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    Older cats are fairly safe. It's young inquisitive cats that can't leave anything moving alone that unfortunately get bitten. We've lost a few cats over the years. Unlike dogs that you usually notice something is wrong and you have time to take them to the vets. Cat's tend to "go away" and we didn't find them until it was to late.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimD View Post
    Older cats are fairly safe. It's young inquisitive cats that can't leave anything moving alone that unfortunately get bitten. We've lost a few cats over the years. Unlike dogs that you usually notice something is wrong and you have time to take them to the vets. Cat tend to "go away" and we didn't find them until it was to late.
    We don't let them out very often and even then only when we are around. I must admit that the small-eyed snake has made me a bit wary about letting them out at all. They like it outside, but they've got plenty of room inside. We are looking at getting a (hopefully snake proof) cat run.

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    The cat run sounds like a good plan Steve, best to be safe than sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimD View Post
    The cat run sounds like a good plan Steve, best to be safe than sorry.
    Yep, it's certainly a risk with young pets or children and the snakes are very common. Roads in big cities are the main danger, here it is the snakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAdeGroot View Post
    Yeah not a baby brown - they have a black splotch on the top of their head, not the entire head like this. Much more likely to be a juvenile Red-bellied Black or maybe a Small-eyed Snake.
    Its bringing love, kill it!!!


    Sorry I had to. It should be: Its bringing love! Break its legs!
    But snakes dont have legs so that would be pointless.

    Ick, I'd hate to have that sharing my place, he should live in the bush where he belongs, silly thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexandraT View Post
    Its bringing love, kill it!!!


    Sorry I had to. It should be: Its bringing love! Break its legs!
    But snakes dont have legs so that would be pointless.

    Ick, I'd hate to have that sharing my place, he should live in the bush where he belongs, silly thing.
    This is the bush. so we'll just have to live together.

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    I live in Tasmania, the only snakes I see are tigers, they get shot with a 12g

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    yup definitely a small eyed snake (Cryptophis nigrescens), and yes dangerous enough all right!

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