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I've only seen one snake, and that was when cycling home along the river. I only saw it when I was right on top of it (it was less than a metre from the path). I may have let out some expletives. I think it had heard me coming as was doubled back on itself in a panic heading back into the long grass by the time I cycled past it and was gone by the time I'd stopped and cautiously headed back to see if it was still there and warn other people if it was.
I LOVE snakes. I used to collect and breed them as a kid back on the dark continent. I'm not too clued up on the local fauna, other than brown snakes, so if I see one I will be giving it a wide berth to be on the safe side.
In general, city dwellers (and surrounds) have nothing to fear from snakes. You are more likely to be run over, stung by a bee, bitten by a spider or introduced to Matt from this board.
If I found a centipede like that, what should I do? How would I get rid of it?
Martyn -Tiler, Bev - Nurse Practitioner, Alex 14
I have never seen a snake since arriving nearly 2 years ago. We have had a fair few red back spiders and white tips in the house among other spiders and bugs. We also had a lizard in our house twice, and several lizards in the garden. Get loads of millipedes everywhere, floors, walls celings, even on the kitchen work surfaces. Also huge ants.
That centipede looks big. Wouldn't fancy using your loo, it may come back and bite you on the rear!!
What i want to know, is where that centepede came from in the first place Tyke, did it hurt???
We had a few centipedes like that come down the hallway, they horrible things. When I tried to pick it up front end came up and was following my hand. I stuck it over the back fence. Didnt know they gave a nasty bite until Tyke told me.