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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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    Rüdiger Nehberg

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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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