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i would rather snakes than gangs of thugs. snakes do not try and hurt you only if they are being attacked. remember you do have the adder snake in the uk. we keep snakes as pets lovely to hold. also no such thing as a yellow belly black they are the dark green tree snake. some of the copper heads are a little yellow on the under side as well. just respect them and be careful with your dogs around creeks etc. afraid dogs/cats and snake do not mix well.
I'm in WA. When I first moved into a new house (in suburbia but a new development), within a week I encountered a scorpion and a brown snake. I went outside because the weimaraner and one of the setters were dancing around near the corner of the house. I was shocked to see a young brown snake. I managed to get the dogs inside (this was hard, James LOVES playing with little moving things!) then I caught the snake with a large jug and put him in a pillow case and hung it outside - I called the snake man the next day and he relocated it to i hope somewhere safe.
We haven't seen one since, although we do have a rather large bobtail come into our garden quite often. I have caught the weimaraner pointing at it a few times... but his large size and hissing I think prevents her from getting too bold!
It's really not the snakes fault... with urban sprawl they are losing their habitats and have little chance to go somewhere new.
Well everyone, being born and bred in South of France I do know what is a snake... and on that level it is such a relief to live here in Ireland now, as according to the legend, St-Patrick have chased the snakes out of the country, and he really did a fantastic job, to the point that nobody has ever seen a snake in the grass here, only in a zoo, tv and pet shops.
Not sure if it can be applied in Australia, but in France we avoid a lot of problems by alarming the snake with noise as apparently snakes attack only when trapped and they have a very fine hearing. I do not want to say to turn your beautiful red heads into Swiss cows though... :-) but may be something to talk to with your vet?
Brodie, Molly's father, likes his sleep. He only goes for a big run twice a day in my garden. I am sure Molly would be a problem if she wasn't getting enough exercise. She will love obedience!!
Will send photos of Annabelle when my camera is fixed.