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    12-17-2013, 11:47 PM
I read online that noise and vibrations scare off snakes.. shame you can't lug a giant boombox with you.
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    12-18-2013, 12:39 AM
As a fellow Aussie, OP, this is something that's been on my mind a lot lately! So far I haven't encountered any when riding, but I did almost tread on two in the paddock one day. I basically swore and stumbled backwards whilst they slithered away.

But when I'm riding, I try to keep my eyes on the ground a good 10 metres or so ahead so that I can spot any suspicious looking sticks. If I did come across one, I think I'd back my horse up as quickly as possible and just get the heck out of there.
    12-18-2013, 12:51 AM
My horses always see the snakes before I do. They bow up and snort. I see what kind it is and depending on what kind of snake is dictates how wide the berth I give it.
I always have a pistol in the pickup but don't carry one on myself..might be too tempted to shoot an ill behaved horse, non listening dog or recalcitrant cow...Lol!
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    12-18-2013, 01:46 AM
IF I see the snake before I have actually ridden over the top of it, I would normally scream like a girl and run away

In all seriousness, should I see one before I got to it, I would stop and let it cross. No way would I approach it. Especially not a Tiger snake. Those buggers are seriously aggressive. If it is refusing to move I would just go in a different direction if possible, or get off and stomp and make loud noises until I annoyed it enough to leave.
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    12-18-2013, 06:46 AM
I'm not going near any snake to make it move of all the things I've been taught its to leave it alone if it's to close stand still except that's the one thing I never do I go jelly when I see them.

I'm not too worried about the Red Bellys they usually leave me alone it's the King Browns and Tigers.

If I had my firearm licence I would shoot them if they tried to harm me.
My horse isn't the best at standing still unless he can see the reason why.

I don't usually worrie to much but I'm riding down by our creek a lot because of the cows and there is a aggressive Tiger snake that lives there and I don't want to have get chased by it like my dad he was lucky that he had his horse with him and that he could get on bareback (his horse was 18hh).

Thanks for all your answers I think I'll keep my eyes peeled and hopefully I won't have any encounters and if I do I am a good distance away so I can turn away.
    12-18-2013, 08:18 AM
Avoid Tiger areas during breeding season first of all - All summer basically lol. This is generally wet areas - near ponds, dams and creeks. Don't jump any logs without checking the other side first, so you don't jump on top of one getting a bit of sun. Stick to worn trails where possible - fire breaks are awesome for this - to make sure you and your horse can see your footing.

The next thing I would do would be to carry a first aid kit with me at all times in summer. A good elasticated bandage is best for snake-bite. As well as that, a mobile phone tucked into your pocket can also be a huge advantage. Remember if you ever have to bandage a bite, start on the site of the punctures and wrap it firmly, but not tourniquet tight, and immobilise the bite area.
    12-18-2013, 08:32 AM
I draw my pistol, and send mr noshoulders to snakey hell
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    12-18-2013, 09:54 AM
Originally Posted by 6gun Kid    
I draw my pistol, and send mr noshoulders to snakey hell
And in Australia, this won't work

OP: Don't try to kill the snakes you see. Unlike other places in the world, in Australia reptiles are considered protected species, and killing them can get you some big fines.

(Also, don't carry a pistol. Also illegal in Australia.)
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    12-18-2013, 10:22 AM
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Only have the timber rattler up here for poisonous ones and they are extremely rare. Most are harmless bug and rodent eaters and for that I'm thankful.

I've only seen one once and I do a lot of wandering in the woods. The one I saw was many years ago and it was a baby sunning himself on the front steps of an old farmhouse I was renting when I first moved up here. The stupid boy upstairs didn't believe me when I said don't touch it's a rattler. He grabbed it, boxed it up and took it to the college for ID. No idea what the professor did with it, as long as it wasn't on my steps I was fine with that.
    12-18-2013, 10:55 AM
It's interesting how different everything is in different places! I've never even heard of a King Brown or Tiger snake... No super aggressive snakes where I live

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