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#1 *LucyE*

Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:11 PM


I have a huge snake phobia and that just makes me want to curl up in the fetal position and rock.  DH isn't home so I have to debrief with someone  ohmy.gif

I am amazed how well the staff handled the situation as well as all the children.  Kudos to them for being so well prepared/trained.

A huge 3m brown snake was found next door to my DD's kindy last year.  Yikes!

#2 Chelli

Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:15 PM

Oh wow ffear.gif
They did so well to keep their cool! I couldn't imagine living anywhere where you would have to do snake drills! I have had a snake in my internal garage before though right where my babies were playing on scooters. So grateful they knew not to touch it and to come inside to tell me.

#3 _Alana_

Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:37 PM

We have a large bushy park next to out centre ( my kids centre and my work ) that our yard butts up with. The sandpit has a pool fence separating it. The council workers have said they have seen a few lately whilst cutting the shrubs. I'm cautious when pulling the sand cover back but luckily I don't have a fear or phobia.

With all the noise at our centre in the day they'd be a stupid snake to come close, it makes me want to run wink.gif

#4 EBeditor

Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:40 PM

My. worst. nightmare.

#5 Hooray Henry

Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:44 PM

My sister came face to face with an Eastern Brown in the kitchen last weekend. She was far calmer than I would have been!

#6 snakeman

Posted 14 November 2012 - 03:16 PM

Snakes are OK. As Melbourne's only 24/7, I've had an average of five snake call outs a day for the last month on the back of about double that number of calls to catch snakes across Victoria. Generally, if a snake is ignored, it goes away.  We prefer to come out to catch and relocate the snake only when there is potential danger to children and pts.

In terms of the news article, Brown snakes are not aggressive to people, but they are intelligent and will bite when provoked.

Having caught thousands of them and being the first person in the world to have bred the species in captivity (something I do yearly), I am qualified to offer an opionion.
All the best

#7 PrincessPeach

Posted 14 November 2012 - 03:35 PM

QUOTE (snakeman @ 14/11/2012, 03:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Snakes are OK. As Melbourne's only 24/7, I've had an average of five snake call outs a day for the last month on the back of about double that number of calls to catch snakes across Victoria. Generally, if a snake is ignored, it goes away.  We prefer to come out to catch and relocate the snake only when there is potential danger to children and pts.

In terms of the news article, Brown snakes are not aggressive to people, but they are intelligent and will bite when provoked.

I still don't think i'd be hanging around long enough to test your information...I can't stand them.

Mind you we were always taught as kids to steer clear of a brown as they are the agressive ones - but that was in regional Qld.

#8 Starrydawn

Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:23 PM

My worst nightmare as well. I shudder in horror thinking about snakes.

#9 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:25 PM

Its early in the season.

Snakes are coming out of hibernation.

They are hungry, and they are looking to mate.

They also don't 'hear' the way you do (although they do hear), vibrations from the ground are their main source of information about what's going on. Obviously, a snake isn't likely to register the sound of playing children as something to avoid - the vibrations are more likely to do so.

If you're between them and the place they're going, they will appear to chase you. Move away at an angle, don't go in the direction they're already headed.

Snakes will respond if you attack them or they feel threatened - so don't approach them, don't chuck things at them, and basically leave them alone. Give them a wide berth, and they will go about their business and ignore you.

And if you're really concerned about snakes in your yard, check out the vibrating snake repellents. The snakes in our local area move through areas with the repellers installed very quickly, if they have to go through there at all. Much better than having a snake set up residence.

Finally, I hope you're all up to date with your first aid skills and know what to do in the event that a person or animal is bitten by a snake.

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