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My Dog Kills Venomous Snakes in my House and Yard

Updated on January 6, 2016
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LTM is an Australian living on a small farm in the bush. When she travels overseas she answers many questions about Australian wildlife.

Snake in my yard

The venemous snake my dog killed today. He is biting behind the head of the snake.
The venemous snake my dog killed today. He is biting behind the head of the snake. | Source

I live in Australia, the country with seven of the world's ten most deadly snakes. The three types of snakes found most commonly in homes and gardens in my region are all venomous. In fact, I've not seen one snake that couldn't kill me since moving to this part of the country.

We don't see harmless Green Tree Snakes here. Instead we get the deadly Eastern Brown snakes, the slightly less venomous Red Belly Black snakes, and Copperheads - also venomous.

My family lives off the grid on a small farm in a rather remote area, so it is imperative that we make every effort to keep snakes away from the house, and get rid of those that venture into our yard. It is a long trip to the hospital, and mobile telephone reception is unreliable.

A snake bite here may well be fatal, so I love having a dog that kills snakes.


The end of hibernation

It is early snake season in our part of the world. I've seen a few sunning themselves on the warm road while driving into town, but today was my first close encounter with a wriggly in my own yard.

As I walked outdoors from my kitchen, I was too preoccupied to notice the Copperhead snuggled close to my doorstep. My dog spotted it and, by the time I walked back from collecting eggs from the hen house, the fight was on. One very small dog was wrestling with one rather large snake.

It took me a while to unpack my camera, but here are some photos of the later stage of their battle.


One small dog kills one big deadly snake

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Update: Venomous snakes at my feet

Four months into the season, and already I've had six venomous snakes very close to my house. They're just the ones I've seen. There may have been many more that passed undetected.

On two separate occasions, my dog has tossed a venomous snake from alongside my feet.

We have an outdoor area adjoining the house where I grow some of my special medicinal and culinary herbs. It is completely encased in shade cloth to protect my favorite plants from sunburn in summer, frost in winter, strong winds and periods of relentless rain.

A few years ago we added a roof (over the shadecloth) and carpet over the earth floor, creating an ideal spot for me to sit at a table on my computer. Fresh air without mosquitoes or annoying moths heading for my computer screen in the night. I simply run an extension cord from inside the house to charge my computer, and I'm good for hours. I have small solar lights lighting the area all night, and have a more effective reading light (also solar) on my table if I need it.

The edges of this outdoor room are buried and sealed at ground level, so the only place a snake can enter is beneath the screen door.

In previous years I've had no wriggly visitors. This year I've had two.


Dog vs snake where I sat with bare feet

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The last thing I expect to see on carpet is a snake.My dog just quietly took control.
The last thing I expect to see on carpet is a snake.
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Best snake-killing dog

Before you expect your family pooch to kill any snake that ventures into your yard, we should spend a moment discussing the likelihood of a successful outcome.

My snake-killing dog is a mini foxie. Mini Fox Terriers are quite unique in their ability to kill snakes. I've known Jack Russells to have similar success, but the Fox Terrier is generally regarded as the best snake dog.

This is my fourth mini foxie. I bought my first in 1983. It was not the breed of dog we planned on purchasing, but it was tiny and cute and my pre-schooler at the time fell in love with it. As a puppy, she fit in my pocket - which bothered me somewhat because I wanted it to grow into a real dog.

A real dog she was, and I have stuck with the same breed over the years.

Each of my dogs has successfully fought and won numerous battles with snakes. None of them have ever been bitten. Agile and astute, the mini Fox Terrier will take hold of a snake and thrash it in the air. At some time, the dog will bite into the flesh behind the head of the snake. At other times, it grabs the middle of the body and shakes hard.

The action continues until the snake stops moving.

If you live in snake territory, a Mini Fox Terrier could be a very good choice as a family pet. A word of warning, however. If you want your dog to be agile, you must ensure it gets appropriate exercise and is not overfed.

A fat dog has no hope of killing a snake. Sadly, family friends lost their Mini Fox Terrier to a snake's bite. I suspect it had the natural talent, but lacked the physique to execute the task.


How do you train dogs to kill snakes?

Over the years many people have asked how I train my dogs to kill snakes. The truth is, I don't. I don't encourage my dogs to seek snakes, and I don't urge them to kill them. The dog finds the snake and kills it with no word or encouragement from me.

If we see a snake at a safe distance, I tend to call the dog back and avoid the battle. But more often than not, the clash has begun before I'm even aware of the danger.

Once my dog is engaged in a challenge with a venomous snake, the last thing I would consider doing is calling the dog or even speaking its name. I don't want to be responsible for causing a distraction. To be distracted is to risk death.

I stand by quietly and watch the drama unfold, and let nature take its course.

Sometimes we are alerted to the presence of a snake in a concealed space, for instance in the wood pile, when the dog growls and scratches. It is interesting to note, however, that there is no growling - no noise at all - when my dogs are actively challenging a snake. There may be noise from the actual scuffle, but no 'talking'.

My role is to watch in case the dog is injured and needs medical attention. I don't become involved in the confrontation in any way at all. Fortunately, in over 30 years, I've not once had a dog lose a fight with a snake.


Strategies to keep snakes away

My husband and I have developed a number of strategies to discourage snakes and keep them away from the house.

We accept snakes may venture into our vegetable gardens, we anticipate they may take refuge in our woodpiles and we half-expect to encounter one in the shed ... or under the parked ride-on mower ... beneath the raised hen house ... or near the water storage tanks. But we take measures to discourage them from coming too close to our house, particularly during their active season.

A snake by our kitchen door was a harsh reminder to move from our 'winter' mindset (when snakes are hibernating and less of a threat) to 'summer' strategies for keeping snakes away.


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Snakes in the grass

Everyone knows that snakes hide in long grass. Perhaps not everyone is aware that many snakes can remain concealed even in relatively short grass.

If you have extremely short lawn (the type in a manicured city garden), you'll be able to spot most snakes as they travel over your grass carpet. However if you have actual grass - as most of us who live in rural areas do - and even slightly uneven ground beneath your grass, snakes are much harder to see.

So when we mow the grass around our house during summer, we try to follow a strict routine.

  • Mow close to the house first, then carefully increase the clear area in increments ... allowing any wildlife (including snakes) to escape safely.
  • Finish mowing the yard area before moving towards the orchard.
  • Mow the grassy strips within the largest vegetable garden (in the hope that snakes will exit over the grass on the far side instead of just hiding in the thick jerusalem artichokes, rhubarb or comfrey patches),
  • Then mow the remaining clear grass areas ... before mowing beneath the gum trees and along the boundary fences. (Our other vegetable gardens are not set up for mowing. We know to be particularly careful of snakes when we enter them.)


Spring Time

My husband cranked up the ride-on mower. He started it alongside a shed on the other side of our orchard and our largest vegetable garden (both of which are beyond our 'yard' area) and because he only had a short time available, took it for a few gentle laps around the fruit trees to tidy up some grass that looked scruffy. He planned to mow the rest of the grass on the weekend.

Yesterday he mowed the orchard. Today I almost stepped on a venomous snake by the kitchen door.

So here's a reminder for everyone, including myself ... In spring time (and all through the snake season), remember to mow near the house first.


Keeping snakes out of my house

I have lived in a number of different homes over the years and had a variety of close encounters with snakes. Once, while spring cleaning, I opened all the doors and windows on the ground floor and then went upstairs to put my baby down for a daytime sleep.

When I came downstairs again I was surprised to see someone had left a large rope, coiled loosely, just inside my front door. The rope was actually a King Brown snake. Huge. Frightening. Extremely venomous.

Fortunately it decided to take itself outside, because there was no way I could have tackled it on my own.

Ever since that day I have been conscious of the value of security screen doors. Forget about burglars; I am more interested in keeping snakes out. I like to have air flow without fear of snakes.

When telling my King Brown horror story to another mother, she shared an even more frightening story about checking on her kids in bed late one night and discovering a large python had entered through the bedroom window.

It was poised above the top bunk where her young son was sleeping. She screamed for her husband's help and they safely removed their two children from the room before calling for a friend to come and help get rid of the snake.

At that point I decided window screens were also a good idea.


Products that repel or trap snakes

There's no shortage of products available to repel or trap snakes. With my fabulous snake dog on hand, I don't feel I need them.

If you have ever successfully (or unsuccessfully) used any of the products that repel or trap snakes, perhaps you might offer some feedback in the comments section.

I certainly understand why they are so popular.

Nobody likes having venomous snakes in their yard or home.


Milk attracts snakes

I had a cat years ago and used to feed it outdoors until I discovered a snake with its head in the saucer of milk.

A few years ago we suspected we had a snake in a confined space in our shed among some building materials including glass doors and windows stored upright above wooden planks resting on the ground. We didn't like the idea of having to move all the heavy items, particularly if a snake was likely to be among them.

I put a bowl of milk at a distance outside the shed, and left the shed door open. When we took the dog inside the shed two days later, there was nothing attracting the dog's attention so we assume the snake left and stayed outside.

Recently a man told me how he catches snakes. He said he opens a can of baked beans but doesn't completely remove the lid. He bends the lid open so he can pour the beans out. After he's had dinner, he washes the can and puts milk in the bottom, then bends the lid back down leaving just a small opening.

He lays the can on its side outdoors and claims to have caught a number of snakes this way. According to him, the snake puts its head into the can but then can't back out.

I've never tried it, but I have to wonder how he gets the size of the opening just right. A snake with a big head might just end up hanging around the milk smell. And what if it attracted multiple snakes ... yikes.


Slippery tiles stop snakes

One of the most effective ways of stopping snakes from slithering across the ground into your home is tiling the entry with slippery tiles.

I was visiting a friend once when we heard a strange slapping noise on her undercover deck. A medium sized snake had moved onto her deck but was stranded, unable to continue over her smooth, shiny tiles. Instead of progressing towards the door of her house, it was no more than its body length away from the garden.

The best tiles for your floor if you want to stop snakes are glossy, shiny tiles - the type you expect to find in a bathroom. My personal preference in tiles is terracotta - pretty useless when it comes to discouraging snakes. Any floor surface they can gain traction on won't stop them.

When planning our dream home (the new house we occasionally talk about designing and building now that we are experienced in all aspects of living off the grid), my husband and I agree it makes sense to incorporate smooth, glossy tiles on the floor of at least one entry.

The tiles would need to extend a little further than the longest snake we've seen in our yard, and we intend to put one row of tiles at the bottom of each wall - just to make sure a slippery visitor doesn't get lucky (or smart) enough to gain traction along the edge.

I tend to worry about how slippery such a surface will be for humans with wet shoes after rain, but it is certainly an option worth considering if your home design can accommodate it. (A mat to wipe wet feet is useful, as long as everyone remembers to use it.)

Our design for a snake-proof entry includes extended roofing over the slippery tiles, and siting the entry away from the direction of rain-carrying winds.


Lucky my neighbour was wearing his boots when he nearly stepped on this snake. He keeps his eel-spear close at hand during snake season, and carries it when walking in his yard.
Lucky my neighbour was wearing his boots when he nearly stepped on this snake. He keeps his eel-spear close at hand during snake season, and carries it when walking in his yard. | Source

An old-timer who lives nearby came to visit me to warn me to watch out for snakes. He had speared one with a tool he bought years ago for catching/killing eels. The snake was still alive so I urged him to quickly put it out of its misery.

I love having a dog around my home, patrolling my house and yard for venomous snakes. He is much more effective at spotting - and killing - snakes than I could ever be!


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    • vandynegl profile image

      vandynegl 2 years ago from Ohio Valley

      Very interesting read! I didn't know that those terriers can be trained to kill snakes! My own dogs (not terriers) would just bark at our snakes. We have copperheads in our area, but thankfully haven't seen many near our home! But we do have enough non-venomous snakes that are freaky enough.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      Very interesing write. Thanks LongTimeMother. Thank God you are safe. You are quite brave in handling the deadly and venomous creatures, and training of your dog for a killing spree is simply admirable. Voted up. Take care.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, just the thought of snakes near or in my home is terrifying. We had a Jack Russell Terrier and she was a fierce little dog, and I know she would have taken on any snake. Thank you for the eye-opener of a hub here. Here in the deep South of the US, we have our share of venomous snakes too. You have provided great advice here as how to ward them off! I do not know what I would do if one ever entered my home, probably have a heart attack. It is Fall here and we have been leaving our back door opened with a hanging screen so our cat can go in and out, and I have been wondering about snakes or other critters slipping into our home. Yikes!

      Up +++ tweeting, pinning and sharing

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      You've scared me silly, but this was very, very interesting. I used to live in an old (rented) home and one day found a snake skin among my canned goods. Gave me the willies. I never found its "owner" but I tried to throw a couple of mothballs in there and block out the thought. And I wouldn't get up during the night to go to the bathroom no matter what. Worse yet, I lived alone with a very brave orange cat. Sharing this awesome hub.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent article with great tips! In Florida I see many snakes. Mostly black harmless ones. They don't bother me and I don't bother them. My neighbors have seen larger more venoumous ones, but their homes are closer to the conservation areas. My Toy Fox Terrier runs from snakes, she does not like them, but she will take down a lizard in a matter of seconds! Yay! I don't like them. When I mow I always start with the edger first so that the noise sends the black snakes to my neighbors yard before I bring out the big guns, the mower. A few times I witnessed the black snake coming into my yard when my neighbor was mowing his...he just can't win! Haha!

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      Kathleen Kerswig 2 years ago

      Wow! Thanks for sharing this information about snakes. We've had a recent increase in snakes on our church property - I'm going to make sure our facilities manager takes note of your tips. Blessings!

      KK

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very useful and interesting information. You have done a good job by sharing your experiences and about your dog's fight with snakes.

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      LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

      Hello vandynegl and m abdullah javed. I think it is important to stress that I have never trained my dogs to kill snakes. Nature gave them any ability they have, because I wouldn't know how to begin training a dog to safely bite a venomous snake.

      Now that I think about it, I have probably trained my dogs at various times to NOT kill some animals. Don't kill the native birds. Leave the chickens alone. It's a wombat, stay away ... that kind of thing. But when it is a snake, I just keep quiet. It is interesting to note that my dog will bark at large Blue-Tongue Lizards - they look a lot like snakes, but I have always called dogs away from lizards. Clever dog can obviously tell the difference because he barks at the lizards but just quietly kills the snakes.

      I'll look for a photo of a blue-tongue lizard and add it to the hub when I get a spare moment so you can see what I mean.

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      LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

      Yes, I know a few people with Jack Russell's, Faith Reaper, and they have proven to be good snake dogs. I'm hoping you don't get any unexpected visitors through your open door.

      FlourishAnyway, I'm not surprised you stayed in bed all night. I would not be happy to find a snake skin in my kitchen. It takes a while to shed a skin ... and then the snake had to go somewhere ... :)

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      LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

      Hello Sunshine625. I have never seen a Toy Fox Terrier, but I guess it must be even smaller than a Mini Fox Terrier. No wonder it runs from snakes. lol. Starting with the edger around the edge of your house sounds like a very smart idea if you have resident snakes.

      Kathllen Kerswig, good luck with keeping snakes away from your church. It would be a shame to have to keep the door of a church shut all the time. :)

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      LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

      Living in India must be a lot like living in Australia when it comes to snakes, Venkatachari M. I think you have your fair share of venomous snakes ... plus the climate that allows them to be active most of the year. We need to be very careful where we step. :)

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      Thanks for the clarification and an extra explanation LongTimeMother.

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      Ken Kline 2 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      LongTimeMother,

      The solar mole repeller is one of the best inventions ever! Our neighborhood has been plagued by moles eating and destroying much loved tender new plants. Amazingly, the moles do not bother with the established roots - just new bushes, new perennials and even new hostas. Great article with practical advise.

      Funny thing one home we moved from had snakes and one of the biggest, burliest men in the world was screaming like a tiny little girl when he saw the snake in our yard. Thankfully that home is a closed chapter and our home now only has the moles to content with.

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      A great read and one for me to vote up and share.

      Eddy.

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      LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

      We don't have moles in Australian gardens, thank goodness CelebrateUSA. One less thing to worry about. It would be great if the Solar Rodent Mole Snake Mosquitoes Repeller is equally effective with snakes, rodents and mosquitoes. I do wonder how dogs and other domestic animals react to the 'repeller' element.

      Thanks for the positive feedback Eiddwen. And, 'you're welcome' m abdullah javed.

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      Cat on a Soapbox 2 years ago

      Interesting to learn that the mini fox terrier is so adept at killing snakes- what a good dog you have! We have a rat terrier and have seen how quick they are at catching and shaking prey, and keeping any breed of dog in optimum shape is a good point. Those terrifying accounts of your close encounters w/ snakes that forced you to add screens- I can't imagine dealing/ it all as bravely as you! This is a very engaging hub with much common-sense wisdom. All the best, Cat:)

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      LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

      Hello Cat! A lot of my life has been spent away from snakes. We're less likely to encounter them in Australian cities (although they can still be found there) and for some years I lived in the UK - where you can pick up a fallen log without fear of a venomous snake bite.

      Despite the need to be careful of snakes, I really do love living in the Aussie bush. :) Your rat terrier sounds like a good help about your home as well. Nature creates some wonderful solutions to the problems we face.

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      iijuan12 2 years ago from Florida

      Wow! It sounds like you have been blessed with amazing pets over the years! We have a large number of venomous snakes in our area as well. I've seen water moccasins, pygmy rattlesnakes, and diamondback rattlesnakes in our area, but thankfully none have been in our yard. Our neighbor's dog did get killed by a water moccasin, but I think the dog was overfed, which you addressed above. If I ever do find a venomous snake in our yard, I just might start looking into getting a rat terrier. This was fascinating to read! Thank you for posting it!

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      LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for your feedback, iijuan12. I have never seen a water moccasin or a rattlesnake in real life. There's probably a travel agent somewhere who arranges tourism packages to see local varieties of venomous snakes. I won't be a customer. lol.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting! The feeling of looking at snakes just makes a cold shiver go down my spine. Your tips sounds most helpful. We only have only one venomous snake around my place. Getting rid of snakes can be easy but I let them go their way.

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      LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

      Hello DDE. I have recently been reading hubs by people who have bears in their backyards. Compared to a bear, my snake visitors seem much less troublesome. :)

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      growithme 2 years ago

      Even our place here in Kerala,India has lots of snakes.placing crushed garlic around the compound of house helps.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have always kept cats to keep snakes away and it seems to work. I also toss mothballs around outside and in basements and concealed places; I have heard snakes do not like that odor and I figure it is worth a try. I once had a copperheads mouth right against my foot where I almost stepped on it and when I looked down there it was. I learned to fly that day. lol

      My husband killed it and we figure all the eggs inside it was what kept it from being able to bite me like another one may have. My motto has always been and will always be; "The only good snake is a dead snake!" No one can convince me they are good for anything.

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      LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

      I was sitting in my outdoor undercover area yesterday talking on the phone. It was a call to a business, not a friend. The person on the other end must have had a huge surprise when I suddenly said "Oh, sh*t. A snake."

      She asked if I needed to get off the phone and seemed disbelieving when I said, "It's okay. My dog's taking care of it."

      I hadn't noticed it until my dog rushed to my feet, picked it up and tossed it away. He killed it while I calmly completed my call. lol.

      My motto, Jackie, is "A good snake is a distant snake." I don't begrudge them life, I just don't like them in my personal space. :)

      @growithme, thank you for your suggestion. I grow lots of garlic here but I really like eating it. If ever I don't have a helpful dog on snake watch, I will consider crushing my garlic. :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You are braver than me to live with poisonous snakes under your feet! Sounds like you have been very very lucky. Can you imagine the rate at which snakes multiply? If they don't outnumber us they soon will! In all honesty I would leave a brown or black snake alone for they kill mice, etc; but would have no pity for any others.

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      LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

      Your black snakes and brown snakes are very different to ours, Jackie. Our black (the Red Belly Black Snake) is venomous, and our brown (the Eastern Brown Snake) is even more venomous. In this part of the world it is wiser to use a mouse trap for the mice. :)

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Unfortunately my wife does not like dogs. She does not like snakes either but it does not appear that we can use one to kill the other since she likes neither.

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      LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

      lol. Sounds like her perfect home would be a penthouse apartment, poetryman6969. I hope you don't have snakes where you live. :)

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for sharing your experience. It is amazing that dogs can counter attack snakes

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      LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

      I am lucky to have had such loyal, protective dogs over the years, peachpurple. And I'm very grateful that nature provides some dogs with the ability to protect us from snakes in particular! Thanks for your comment. :)

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      Elizabeth Downing 2 years ago from Milky Way, Galaxy

      This was great and I learned that dogs can kill snakes. Never knew there was any breed of dog that could move quick enough and be smart enough for that. I always thought it was more of a cats territory.

      I suppose it's something you get used to living there but that story made this city girl squirm!

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      LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

      Hello, Estelle. Years ago I had a studio cat. He died from a snake bite. Unfortunately the cat used to play with things ... and didn't understand the danger of a venomous snake.

      My little snake dog is brilliant. :)

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      LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

      If ever you move from the city to snake territory, try to take a mini foxie with you. :)

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      Diana J. Limjoco 2 years ago from Puerto Princesa, Palawan

      Wow, that is scary. We have King Cobras in Palawan where we live...but we see fewer and fewer of them, thank goodness.

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      LongTimeMother 24 months ago from Australia

      Hello Diana. This year has been a bad year for snakes here. Perhaps next year we'll have less. :)

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      Robert Morgan 22 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Wow... Best story I have read all day. I can hardly believe you can even cope with so many dangerous snakes living right at your feet. Your dog is amazing and your own bravery exceeds anything I can muster up. I live on a small island off the south Florida coast and we lost of non-venomous snakes in our gardens, but I have to see any of the venomous type that are on the mainland which is just a few miles away. Thanks for the great article. Blessings and stay safe :)

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      LongTimeMother 21 months ago from Australia

      Hello rawspirit. I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

      Years ago I lived in an area with green tree snakes that weren't venomous ... which was lucky because I occasionally encountered them in my avocado trees. Not under my feet, but in my face. I'm not sure which of us was more surprised and moved fastest. lol.

      My next door neighbour bought a Mini Foxie a few months ago. Driving home today I spotted two more Mini Foxies outside nearby homes. My little snake-killer is gaining quite a reputation around here. :)

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      Robert Morgan 21 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      It seems so funny we start talking about snakes and they start appearing. I was on my our walk way that leads to the beach and almost stepped on a tiny black snake with a red ring on its neck. I had to nudge it to get it to move off the walkway, when i touched its tail with my toe it move like lightening in to the closest bush. Really kind of cute lol. Blessings to you and your family.

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      Robert Morgan 21 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Good news on the neighbors getting their little Foxies. Bad new for naughty snakes. So far no snakes in my trees lol.

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      LongTimeMother 21 months ago from Australia

      Oh, yuck. The thought of nudging a snake with my toe makes me seriously squirm. I'm not sure snakes around here would graciously head for the closest bush.

      It costs nothing to dream, though. lol.

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      Paula 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      You write about snakes...venomous snakes. You live where there are many varieties of venomous snakes. You have seen them and had encounters with them. In your yard and IN YOUR HOME!!!

      Quite honestly, I can barely READ about snakes, see the pictures & know your stories without feeling queasy, dizzy, utterly paralyzed from fright and feel my heart racing. I have tears well up in my eyes. I am completely and utterly phobic of snakes (and spiders) to an incredibly morbid degree.

      God bless you. I KNOW there is no way I could live (or even go near) (in) your area. I'm sure it is quite lovely and you are happy there. I could not stay for a moment without losing my mind ...looking, waiting for, fearing the mere sight of a snake....of any kind....ever!!

      Yes, I know. I'm a bit over the top. It's OK to think I've lost it. I don't mind....and I can't change this.

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      LongTimeMother 16 months ago from Australia

      lol. Hi Paula. You'd have to be a winter tourist ... when snakes are asleep. :)

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      Paula 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Asleep isn't good enough for me!!! LOL. I'd have to whisper and tip toe so I didn't wake them!! my phobias are over the top....!

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      Solaras 12 months ago

      Awesome foxie dog; what is his name? We have copperheads, water moccasins and rattle snakes here. Down by the river, the border collies surrounded a water moccasin and barked at it while it struck at them as they took turns diving in. Scary, border collies are not good killers of snakes.

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      LongTimeMother 10 months ago from Australia

      This particular dog has a very original name, and my daughter is thrilled nobody else has thought of it. She'd not be happy if I was to share his name. lol.

      I can imagine your fear. I'd be worried about any other kind of dog trying to take on a snake. However I've had foxies for so many years now that I am quietly confident the dog will win. For me, the most important thing is to just keep quiet and not distract the dog. I get quite cross if anyone else happens to be around and tries to instruct the dog.

      It is a chance to watch nature at work. Foxies just have a natural ability. Over the years I've had four brilliant protectors (over 30+ years), and they've all been mini foxies. Not one has ever lost a fight with a snake, and they've all been lovely family dogs as well.

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      Bill Russo 10 months ago from Cape Cod

      I love dogs and hate snakes. Even though I detest the crawlers I still want to visit Australia. In New England there are a few dangerous snakes but nothing like what you guys have. Great hub.

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      LongTimeMother 10 months ago from Australia

      A healthy sense of adventure is an asset for anyone visiting the Australian bush, Bill. Most visitors will never see a venomous snake here, but those who do probably never forget it. Certainly gets the adrenaline flowing when you almost step on a snake that can kill you.

      If ever you do get the chance to come to Australia, I'm sure you'll love it. You'll encounter lots of nice people ... and very few deadly snakes. :)

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      Elizabeth Downing 9 months ago from Milky Way, Galaxy

      Despite reading this article a year ago:), I fulfilled a goal of mine to visit Australia. Currently in Melbourne, a beautiful city (not sure why I chose winter to start though) and I will be making my way through a couple other parts including Queensland by September.

      If you decide to go on vacation, let me know so I can borrow your adorable, lifesaving dog!:)

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      LongTimeMother 9 months ago from Australia

      Hi Edithe. Welcome to Australia! Sounds like you'll have plenty of time to explore the east coast. You're here in our winter so most of our snakes will be tucked away hibernating. lol. I trust you'll spend some time in the bush so you get to see some of our lovely other wildlife though. Just make sure you watch out for kangaroos (and wombats in some areas) on the roads when you're driving the roads at night. Have a safe trip. :)

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