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Thank you for sharing the snake warning. We live near Perth, WA, and I am terrified of these snakes. We have them on the beach, in the dunes, and they look like sticks. They don't move, and the dogs are curious and want to play with them.
We don't go near a bushy area in summer, but as you live near a bush, it's really hard. There you go - thinking suburbia is a safe place to be...
Goodness, I always think how lovely it would be to emigrate to Australia, having that lovely weather and wide open spaces, friendly people...what a lovely place to live. But, I have to say, I'm scared of spiders and birds so I don't think I would cope very well out there.
I hope everyone stays safe from the wildlife x
We have lived on 5 acres in the Gold Coast Hinterland surrounded by bushland for 14 years. Despite the work, I mow the 5 acres to keep the grass short to keep snakes away, not only to protect my dogs, to protect my horses. At these times of the year I do not allow my Setters to run off-leash on our property in case a snake might be wandering through but wherever we go, I am always on the look-out for snakes. I know the local snake catcher and apparently because of the development, the snakes are moving east and Eastern browns are breeding extensively. I do not take my Setters to the off-leash beach park at Southport Spit now because twice, Hobson went very close to meeting an Eastern brown on the water's edge. I agree with you .. snakes and ticks are a constant problem in Australia.
The red bellied black snake is a highly venomous snake, so please be careful with you and the dogs & cats! The yellow belly black snake is the non venomous one (a tree snake).
Keep safe everyone.
we have had some terrible things with snakes here. Once again the cat was involved, trying to catch a brown snake and sending it towards the dog yard. My son picked up the spade and tried to get rid of it but it got away.
Also my vet has imported a new breed and yesterday found her import bitch dead next to a dead brown snake. They had got a litter from the bitch but are still pretty devastated by her loss. They feel so bad that it happened so fast and they didn't even have a chance to save her.
good to hear all is well with Molly. She looks lovely in the photos. Good luck with training!
We start back at the shows next weekend. Annabelle is nearly halfway to her show title. Still hasn't had a season though.