Carpet Snake on our Driveway

Spotted this arvo as we came home.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 23rd December 2007, This photo: 1:08pm

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  • Louise. said:
    I'm not a snake fan David.
    I've heard these things bite.
    You should send it to Heidi, she has snake experience I've heard.
  • Xenedis said:
    Are these dangerous?

    I'd imagine you get quite a few snakes out your way.
  • Cyron said:
    Carpet snakes are dangerous to mice, but that's about it. They're quite harmless
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh yes, Heidi is a veritable snake expert now ;-)

    Well according to my book, when fully grown they can eat possums, so my dogs might be considered fair game, but they're not really dangerous to humans (apart from the possibility of getting tetanus from the bite).

    Mice, possums, rats, flying foxes and birds, but who's counting... ;-)
  • Xenedis said:
    You should have captured this one and given it to Nikhila.

    Re dangerous wild animals, the only such thing around here is, well, me.

    Now that you've revealed the relative lack of danger associated with this snake, it's all very anti-climatic. Had it been an eastern brown or a taipan, I'd be suitably impressed.
  • leadegroot said:
    Xenedis: I drove past a red bellied black on the bitumen just down the road a month or so ago.
    Probably just about where you guys walked through.
    Does that help?

    ~ who built a house on stilts *for a reason!!*
  • Xenedis said:
    Was it just after we'd been there? :-)

    What other nasties do you get in your area? (Besides Kara.)
  • David de Groot said:
    Eastern Browns, Death adders, Coastal Taipans, Tiger snakes, Red-bellies, Small-eyed snakes, Spotted black snakes and Rough-scaled snakes. That's about it for the dangerous ones. There are various other species endemic to the area that are potentially dangerous, or virtually harmless.
  • Xenedis said:
    That covers most of the nasties. :-)
  • said:
    He looks like he's about 2 or so metres long - nice photo!
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah I'd guess about 2m or so, just a small one. I buggered up the depth of field though.
  • petepothole said:
    Just a small one hey! Did ya pick it up & put it in the bush?
  • KennyWP said:
    Carpet pythons are a handy snake to have around, will keep the amount of mice and rats and such down which is always good! Plus they aren't any real threat to humans which is always good.

    We get a few more dangerous snakes in my area, mainly Eastern Brown snakes.
  • The Central Scrutiniser said:
    well - you know me - i love snakes, even poisonous ones. carpets are the pussy-cats of the snake world.

    i'm so glad my love of snakes has rubbed off on my kids. it was my mum who taught me to like them
  • David de Groot said:
    We waited and let it slither off into the grass. Quite professional of it really, posed for the cameras and then toodled off on it's own accord.

    Indeed - not many rodents around here that we have seen (apart from a couple of hares).

    Indeed, the python was quite good. I got within a metre or so of it, and it didn't move, took my shots, stepped away and it decided to move along.
  • leadegroot said:
    I think it was a couple of weeks before you were out here
  • FrAcTuReD...fOtOs said:
    Gosh I hate snakes................well not hate, but dislike intensely LOL.

    Have a wonderful Christmas David!
    To you and yours!!
  • rumblemumbles said:
    erm I'm not a huge fan of snakes... when I lived at Samford I had one crawl up my leg. Be careful out there...some guy got bitten by a brown snake last week at Dayboro
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah not all snakes are a problem Jeff. In fact, some are quite interesting to hold, not that I'd pick up a wild one.

    (one more sleep 'til Christmas) - Have a great one :)

    Really ? How did you not notice it earlier ? But yeah, we're careful, there are a lot of nasty snakes out here.
  • rumblemumbles said:
    I was wearing gum boots that came up to my knees. I screamed, shook it off and ran
  • -spam- said:
    Last snake i saw up close and personal was my cousins pet pythons. They make great pets, you just have to be able to put up with them when they go through their snappy phase as youngin's. Got a fair few bites from them then...

    Oh and according to scout, this one was #58 in explore on the 22nd (even though you took it yesterday...)

    Edit: forget that, its just scout having a christmas lark. Although im sure this one would have been in explore anyway. 20 comments to 30 something views in a day.
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah that would explain it.

    Last one I touched was one of Nikhi's pet pythons. They're quite interesting to feel them slither over you.
  • Clearskies Images said:
    (I'm a snake lover from way back lol)
  • Margot- said:
    Maybe it's Santa Clause in disguise? Sorry I'm a Christmasholic!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, David!!!
    Have a wonderful holiday season!

  • heidi_K said:
    He is beautiful.
    We saw a half carpet snake near the colored sand on Cooloola Beach on Boxing Day.
  • David de Groot said:
    What was the other half ? ;-)

    Merry Christmas you two :-)
  • Louise. said:
    You took off his little Santa hat David
  • heidi_K said:
    The snake was cut in two pieces - wonder who did it?
    But weird to find half a snake