Probably would have killed the child...where do you get that from, the snake was outside the house, going across the sliding door, if the child was properly educated then there is no risk, with only 2 snake bite deaths on average every year this seems a bit far fetched. I am not calling for the destruction of the dog, I am simply saying that if this dog attacked anything else it would be deemed a dangerous dog, why make snake the exception. Before you say it, yes snakes kill people, but so do bees and DOGS, both kill an average of 1-2 people every year in Australia, so by the same logic does this mean that when you see a dog, you have the right to kill it because if it gets you it could have and probably would have killed your child!?!?!?!?! I believe that the dog had every right to defend its house, its family. However the media hype and the ongoing lack of action by animal rights groups such as RSPCA annoy many herp people, if the dog was killed by the snake in this case then it would have been the snakes fault, despite the fact that the dog attacked it. It would be a no win situation for the snake. RSPCA should be encouraging families to do avoidance training with their dogs, this will reduce these sort of situations, we provide our services to several dog trainers in Melbourne for just such training.