Saturday, September 15, 2007

Robbo Copperheads

Children love a new pet and Rhiannon, my eldest, was no exception when I presented her with her very own Copperhead. Listed as the 20Th most poisonous snake in the world, she was impressed to say the least.

Seriously though, this poor specimen was found dead, and seeing these creatures in such a state is common at this time of year as hibernation comes to an end.
The Copperhead is common in the Robertson area and is a quiet and a usually non aggressive species.

Having spent some time in habitats in which they reside, I have found all my encounters free from trouble as long as the snake is left be.
Wires run a service to remove snakes from areas where they are not welcome and please remember that not only are they protected under the law, they are also a valuable member of our ecosystem.


  1. "they are also a valuable member of the ecosystem"

    Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to enter the thinking of most people, and the "illegal" just doesn't seem to matter either. In the rural area where I live, there appears to be practically a nil tolerance towards snakes. I have made attempts to highlight the plight of snakes to the local public, but I feel sure they have fallen on deaf ears.

    In the Hunter Valley (the Valley floor at least), snakes don't enter a true hibernation, but rather, a 'torpor' whereby the snake will emerge from it's winter shelter to bask in the sun on warm days. I have been fortunate to be able to observe this following the Hunter River flood of June this year. Two Eastern Brown snakes, a Red-bellied Black snake and a Blue-tongue Lizard all took shelter in the Telecomunications in-ground pit in front of my home after being washed from their winter hides by flood waters.

    I often saw them basking in the winter sun, (particularly the the Browns), over the couple of months following the floods.

    It was an unusual sight to observe the black and brown basking together, entwined. I also observed the lizard and brown basking side by side (fabulous photo opportunities that I was not quick enough to take advantage of).

    I was pressured to have the snakes removed, and called a snake rescuer to have them relocated. But on opening the pit, the snake rescuer was unable to locate any of the snakes due to the damaged state of the pit. I have informed Telstra that snakes occupy the pit in case they come to work on it, and I have also requested the pit to be repaired (with no result).

    As far as I am aware, there is only one Brown snake left in the pit, and I will be pleased when it moves on now too, as it is now very swift.


  2. Hi Gaye,

    Keep up the good work. People will listen....perhaps you should get a carpet python (seriously not a bad idea).
    Once a person handles a snake...their attitude to all snakes quickly changes. All damage done is from pr-conceived ideas.
    I have been called all things for keeping them. So I take one soon to the local church for a pets blessing.
    Should be fun....I hope no one brings a


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