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    Rüdiger Nehberg

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    Brown or Tiger snake?

    Hi all,

    I spotted this snake yesterday near Gentle Annie, Victoria. I was standing on a boulder, about 5 feet higher than the rocks the snake was on. It was about 3 to 4 metres away. Sorry for the crappy digital zoom on my phone too. I kept searching for a geocache as it was moving away from me, but after a couple of minutes, I checked on my new friend and found that it had executed a U-turn and was heading, albeit slowly, in my direction. I then performed a tactical withdrawal.

    Apologies for the links. I've forgotten how to embed pictures in the forum.

    Moving away from me

    Head Circled

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    Rüdiger Nehberg

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    I'm ruling out Tiger Snake.
    I'm now thinking either Highland Copperhead or Eastern Brown. One factor against it being a Copperhead is the total lack of ground water anywhere near that location. Its over a kilometre to the nearest creek and the ground is, or rather was until yesterday, bone dry.

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    Cant see too much but check out these Vic snakes pics for comparison....
    https://museumsvictoria.com.au/bioin.../sthumbliv.htm
    "Walk softly ...... listen long"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hairyman View Post
    Cant see too much but check out these Vic snakes pics for comparison....
    https://museumsvictoria.com.au/bioin.../sthumbliv.htm
    Thanks for that link. Those images are much better than those I found over the weekend. I'm thinking more and more that it was a Brown. I'm not sorry I decided to leave the area. I hate Browns.

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    I have found the museum Victoria field guide app very helpful for identification of local wildlife.


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    In your picture it does look like there is a "stripe" running down its back ? That is fairly consistent with a Copperhead:

    https://australianmuseum.net.au/copperhead

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie123 View Post
    In your picture it does look like there is a "stripe" running down its back ? That is fairly consistent with a Copperhead:

    https://australianmuseum.net.au/copperhead
    I see what you mean after closer inspection. When I first saw it, I thought it was a piece of bark, but the slight 'S' shape that I saw plus its rounded appearance made me look at much more closely, and then it moved. It was a long way from water though, up high on a rocky hill. I wish I had my camera with me. That at least has a 20X optical zoom.

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    agree NOT a brown def looks like a Copper Head :-)

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...s_labialis.jpg
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    I can't add anything to this thread, other than a question - how often do you encounter snakes in the bush?

    Here in Lapland, the most I have to concern myself with is the occasional adder, which are not aggressive in the slightest and want to get away from you as quickly as possible. I thought I'd read somewhere that a lot of the venomous snakes in Oz were also not aggressive, yet this one decided to head back towards you. There is always the exception to the rule, I guess!

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    Hi Leo, Thats pretty much correct what you say about snakes here, usually people are bitten when they try to
    kill or capture snakes. I think sometimes when people think they are being chased, the snake is just heading in their direction
    to get to their favorite hole or hollow log.
    "Walk softly ...... listen long"

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