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Thread: Snake spotting
I wanted to ask a bit of advice on how to spot snakes in the wild. For you see, snakes seem to have a pact to disappear whenever I should come within their range. I have seen one, count them, one wild snake in my 22 years, a red bellied black cruising across the road in the YP. It was an epic moment of my life. But they really seem to know when I am around, everyone else comes across them except me. Sitting in the car I’ll close my eyes for 30 seconds only to hear everyone suddenly go nuts because they saw a EB come racing past. I decide to stay inside while everyone goes to sit outside, then 5 minutes later everyone comes running back into the building ranting that they saw a bloody nest of them.
I would like to come across a snake or 2 just to admire, I live near the bush where I know they are around (as other people gladly tell me), I’ve seen plenty of lizards. So could anyone give me any advice on when are the best times to likely see them? Now before anyone starts to get worked up, I’m not out to do anything stupid incase people start to wonder my intentions. I’m not an idiot, I’m not about to go searching under rocks and rummaging through the grass for a brown snake or take something from the wild or try and touch it. It would just be nice to see something in it’s natural environment, and to be able to just stand back and admire it, and then of course rant on about my discovery to everyone...
easiest way to find a snake is to either lift up pieces of old tin and junk, or drive along a road through a large patch of bush on a warm night, they will be on the road and easy to spot. I do not often spot snakes basking during the day, I guess you have to be lucky or spend a lot of time searching, I am fairly lazy so relly on tin a lot and night driving as you dont have to put much effort in to see something, beware, herping is addictive, and once you get sucked in you will soon be spending countless hours driving around and doing long walks to just tick a certain species of the list. good luck, be safe and make sure you put everything back as it was found. have fun!
Thanks for that, I have heard that there are certain times in the day that it’s more likely to find them, I think earlier in the morning as things are starting to warm up? I won’t be out try to ‘hunt’ for them necessarily, but I do go for walks a lot in the hope of just coming across one. There are plenty of rocks, etc. for them to live around and I see plenty of skinks and bearded dragons there. But of course never a snake. Whenever I come across a critter I haven’t seen before it’s like a scene out of a movie, and I just have to call everyone I know.
One thing that surprises me is you can go such a long time never seeing them, but once you’ve seen one you tend to see them all the time. I didn’t see an echidna in the wild for 21 years and after I saw the first one, I saw another a week later, then a found a dead one a few weeks after that, then a little while after that I spent an hour with one while it was looking for food.
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