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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) !! 

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.!

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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!!

nutcutlet
Woodgreen wonderboy wrote (see)

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

Lucky you WW, 

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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.

fidgetbones

My friend in Australia told me thats why they all wear those thick boots and socks when they go walking in the bush.  Also, to stamp around a bit, the vibrations wake the snakes and they slither off. the problem is when you surprise them, they have nowhere to go and they lash out.

Don't like native snakes, they are too small, the big pythons and corn snakes don't bother me, one summer when I was a student and working in a city-centre bar, one of the regulars, dogdy Roger bought his 8 foot Indian Python in, and I spent most of the evening pulling pints with it giving me a cuddle.  Knew about it the next day when my shoulders hurt from carrying the extra weight.

Remember my Mum telling me about the time she was a kid in Hastings, going for a walk with her Dad.  He jumped over the stile, but she'd seen a snake curled up underneath it, and wouldn't jump.  When her Dad saw it, he beat it to death, as it was an adder,  it was wartime and he didn't want her or any of my uncles or aunts in hospital, they were all needed to help in his market garden (He was invallided out of the army as he was diabetic).  He hung the corpse on a tree, and they used to go down every day to see how much more it had decomposed (bloodthirsty little darlings).

I have to keep my dog on a lead this time of year if we go to Clumber Park, they have most of the reptiles common in England there.  Same if we go on holiday in the North Yorkshire Moors, there are warning signs there about adders.  Always wear my wellies when strimming, as a few years ago we found a skin that had been shed, I think it was a grass snake, as no pattern on it.  Think they hatch locally in the farm at the back of us on their dung heap.