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  1. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    Week of the snake bites: victim No.8

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    GEORGINA ROBINSON

    March 9, 2010 - 4:49PM

    A woman was bitten by a snake in the Blue Mountains this afternoon, the second attack today and the eighth in six days.

    A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said the woman, believed to in her 40s, was bitten on the foot on Hawkesbury Road at Winmalee just before 3pm.

    She was taken to Nepean Hospital in a serious but stable condition, with "extreme pain" in her foot, the spokeswoman said.

    It is not known what type of snake bit her.


    In the early hours today, a snake handler was bitten on the face twice by a deadly brown snake at his Aberdeen home in the upper Hunter region.

    Five people were bitten in a three-hour period in different parts of the state on Saturday.

    And a four-year-old boy spent two days in hospital after being bitten by a suspected red belly black snake at Badgerys Creek, in western Sydney last Thursday.


    The Ambulance Service said the jump in snake bites could reflect "the high incidence of wet, overcast but warm conditions" combined with a few dry days here and there.

    Australian Reptile Park general manager Mary Rayner said last month the park had recorded a "huge increase" in snake-identification requests on its website, as well as many phone calls.

    Week of the snake bites: victim No. 8


    The armourer for my club ran over a brown snake the other week out at the range...he thought it was a stick, heh. Yeah they ARE a protected species, but I personally wouldn't have any compunction 'helping one on its way'...pretty volatile & irritable in the humid Summer, and are the 2nd most toxic land snake in the world.
     
  2. Gojubrian

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    You guys have way too many deadly critters down there. :eek:
     

  3. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    Yeah there are a few...lol



    The Inland Taipan (world's No #1)
    The Small-scaled Snake or Western Taipan
    Common Brown Snake (no #2)
    Tiger Snake
    Death Adder
    Mulga Snake or King Brown Snake
    Rough-scaled Snake
    Sea-snake
    Copperhead Snake
    Red-back Spider
    Funnel-web Spider
    Saltwater Crocodile
    Great White Shark
    Australian Paralysis Tick
    The Box Jellyfish
    Blue-ringed Octopus
    Puffer Toadfish
    Stonefish
    Blue Bottle or Portuguese Man-o-War
    Irukandji Jellyfish (the one where you fall into unconsciousness while still screaming lol)
    Coneshell


    and probably others I've forgotten :p
     
  4. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    Dammit that's bumper-sticker material right there. Think I'm gonna make one :p
     
  5. Gojubrian

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    It's pretty simple here. We have lots of snakes, but only four that can kill you.

    Rattlesnakes - these come in various types, but are easily identifiable by their triangular head and....rattlers tail. :rolleyes:

    Cottonmouths- some people call them water moccasins, but it's the same. They are short fat snakes with a stumpy tail, they stink, are dark colored, and have a large triangular shaped head too.

    Copperheads- They sort of look camoflaged. Not near as aggressive as rattlers, and certainly not as much as the territorial moccasins, but they're still poisonous. I was bitten on the hand by one of these a long time ago but it did not invenomate.

    Coral snake - red on yellow,kill a fellow. There are vertically striped red, yellow,and black snakes found mostly in Florida. Not likely to bite because they are tiny and non aggressive.

    None of these comes close to the deadliness of the Brown snake!
     
  6. spittinfire

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    Rattlesnakes don't typically kill you and copperheads are posionous but not deadly. Don't know much about the other two, only how to ID them.

    Zhuk, if I lived in a place like that I wouldn't leave the house without a shotgun!
     
  7. AcidFlashGordon

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    And that shotgun should be THIS baby:

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhstuvzMiB0]YouTube - AA12 Automatic Shotgun[/ame]
     
  8. cpttango30

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    I don't ever id snakes. I shoot first and ask questions later. Slimy low crawling muther effers.

    The only good snake is an effing dead one.
     
  9. AcidFlashGordon

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    At least they taste like chicken....... [​IMG]
     
  10. Glasshartt

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    It's a little early, but I got my first rattler of the year Sunday night. He was just a little baby though. I got about 6 last year including one that was at least 3 feet long and about a big around as a good sized cucumber. He was squirming so much that once I had his head in the tongs, I had to pick his body up with my left hand to get control of him to put him in the bag. Took him, and all the others, out into the desert and released him. He would have made some nice 1911 grips though.
     
  11. zhuk

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    Yeah, that'd work lol

    My uncle took out a brown snake in the garden of his farm with a side-by-side, while I was up there many years ago...reared up like a mothereffer into a distinctive 'double S' shape (why they are also known as 'false cobras' = Pseudonaja textilis) so you can imagine how far they can launch themselves. It was high Summer and that snake was just really pissed off. He had to shoot both barrels FAST to cut it in half. It had come into the environs of the house, so no other choice but to dispatch it - out in the paddock he would have left it alone.
     
  12. zhuk

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    Heh, baby rattler...sounds cute. Kind of :p
     
  13. gorknoids

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    Get inoculated! You can drink wine on Sunday morning, and it's a GOOD thing!

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  14. orangello

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    With that many snakes, it makes even LESS sense for you guys to suffer under strict gun control BS.

    I try to ID them, but when in doubt there might be a ND or two.

    Regarding the "baby": my old pet python almost got the name Bitey when he was a little one; small snakes are snacks for most everything & respond to most visual stimuli by biting. He was much cuter later in life.
     
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  15. zhuk

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    Well, THEORETICALLY you're not meant to kill any native species, (except for example, roos under a Govt permit). Of course no one's gonna know if you off a snake or two, or pop those crows eating your fig trees (as my uncle used to do) :p but that's the law. Theoretically.

    So the control of guns has nothing to do with the marauding hordes of deadly snakes we have :D
     
  16. orangello

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    Wildlife management FAIL, just my opinion. Of course, my vision of wildlife management involves massive culls and cages for the survivors, when it comes to most venomous or dangerous animals.