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Pottie Pam


I know snakes aren't everyone's cup of tea but I'm always thrilled to see them and took this photo about 50 yards from my house. Also took a photo of a grass snake today. I'll put that on the grass snake forum.

nutcutlet

that's beautiful Pam. I'd love to have those around

fidgetbones

I'm glad I don't . Snakes freak me out, even if they're not poisonous like pythons.  Must be some primeval instinct.

How marvellous, I love snakes. I'm also glad you don't see any fb, as pythons aren't poisonous and adders are (a bit) !! 

Sara 4

I haven't seen a snake for years (since I lived near the South Downs when I was little).  We used to have loads of slow worms and lizards in the garden, which was just outside Brighton and you'd see grass snakes every time you went for a walk. Not many adders even then, but I probably wasn't allowed to go into their territory (Mum was petrified of them).  Does anyone in the South still see lizards? Or has humanity bashed their environment so much that they've died out?

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fidgetbones

having spent a lot of time in Australia, where they have 13 of the top 20 most poisonous snakes in the world, I just assume all snakes are poisonous and keep clear.  I know Pythons are not poisonous, they just kill by strangling.!

Sara 4

Presumably you aren't wild on spiders either?

fidgetbones

English spiders ok. Australian spiders like funnel webs I keep a wide berth. funny thing is I've never been bitten by an ausstralian spider, but I did get bit by a british spider a few weeks ago.

Peat B

Aussie spiders are the PITS !  I heard that a giant redback hijacked a school bus, up in Qld the other day !

fidgetbones

Peat , you've been drinking too much bundaberg.

Peat B

Too true Blue. Can't bear the stuff ! Has the same effect as Newcastle Brown, up north. What one might say is an 'AQUIRED TASTE'

My wife and I are off to the sunny climes of VB beer, Alice, Brisbane, Cairns and Cooktown in November.  We missed the fires in Vic a few years back, but stayed in Marysville. Beautiful spot.

Sorry....hate snakes.  Adders are plentiful on the Towans behind me here.  Always worry about my,dog with them

Peat B

Hayle Towans ?  I used to see loads of adders out on Kenidjack and Cape Cornwall some years ago. There was a small lizard being held by the head by an adder, and as it tried to extricate itself, the adder was dragged along, and so a tug of war ensued for about an hour.  The bite of an adder is negligable, and the mouth is so small it can possibly only get you by the little finger, with serpents luck. The actual effect is seldom moe than the sting of a pissed off wasp. I dislike spiders because I was bitten by one last May, out near Zennor.  Much safer back here in Northumberland, tho' I do miss Kernow.

Woodgreen wonderboy

I live in the New Forest and we have all 5 native reptiles, so there.....

Tootles

Oh Pottie Pam - beautiful but very scary!!  Frogs, mice, spiders, wasps, Julia Bradbury - terrifying!!

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nutcutlet
Woodgreen wonderboy wrote (see)

I live in the New Forest and we have all 5 native reptiles, so there.....

Lucky you WW, 

Peat Ballan

Hiya, yes  hayle towans is my area....well towards Gwithian.  Dogs have died here from adder bites though including my neighbour's last year

Pottie Pam

There was a lady bitten last week in Devon and she had to spend three days in hospital. they said the poison was stronger this time of year. She said it was her own fault as she was wearing flip flops walking over moorland.

Usually they get out of way but sadly sometimes dogs can surprise them and get bitten.

My son was strimming a rough area two years ago when he thought he'd been scratched by thorns when he saw a snake slithering away. He was wearing jeans and it was later in the year so he had nothing worse than a bruise for a week or two.

Hiya pottie

Ive heard that too, that adder venom is at,it's strongest right now and gets weaker towards summer's end.