posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 08:52 PM
a reply to: BASSPLYR
Not sure about the blood python. The rattlers look awesome, though I wouldn't like to get too close to one lol.
The closest we have is probably the death adder, though it's not a real viper (it's elapid). The problem with them is that they are slow moving (but
extremely quick when they strike). So unlike most snakes which usually get away as fast as they can on approach of humans, they burrow into the leaf
litter and stay still to camouflage themselves. Then there is the danger of stepping on them, though really the danger posed by snakes in Aus is way
exaggerated in general. While they are extremely venomous they are rarely aggressive. Most envenomations are from accidentally stepping on one or more
usually from people trying to handle them.
Carpet snakes/ diamond python are still common in Aus and I have seen them while out bush. I know a couple of people that have had them as pets. Great
Yes, I have seen red bellies flatten their hood just like a Cobra. Looks awesome. I also noticed this particular one was striking without even opening
it's mouth (false strike/ bluff). Generally they are very shy and only do this if they feel cornered. They'll usually bolt as soon as they can. Good
swimmers too, have seen them crossing rivers. Though I saw one a while back crossing a back country road that was very chill. Got out and had a look
at him, he was certainly in no hurry. The most beautiful glossy black and red underneath. Had to wait a full 5 minutes for him to cross the road lol.
That's unusual though.
One of the biggest problems with our more venomous snakes is in outer suburban and rural areas. Human habitation attract things like rats and mice,
which then attracts the snakes. So they are often found living in wood piles, sheds, laundries and will definitely get inside homes on occasion. This
is the main problem with them. Keeps the snake catchers busy lol. Though it does seem to be getting rarer. In general they are shy creatures and
obviously have no interest in humans but simply follow their food source. Unfortunately one of the more venomous is also the most common (brown snake)
found in outer suburban areas and while shy, can get very aggressive if it feels it can't get away. No dry bites from this one. Though even
considering this, it's still reasonably rare for people to get bitten. Usually snake and human get a big fright and quickly go in opposite directions