Another snake caught in our netting. This one, a red bellied black snake, was caught up last night but the rescue squad couldn't get out here til this morning. They told us to put him in a box and cover him with a wet cloth. Overnight he managed to get his mouth tangled up in it and looked to be in a terrible mess.
He was quite swollen around the mouth. We could see the tube used for breathing extended out into his mouth, quite enlarged. You can just see it.
While one handler, wearing special gloves, holds him tight, the other one snips off the netting. The black snake is more difficult to hold than the brown snake, which tends to lie quite still.
His jaws free at last....
and he takes a firm hold with his fangs.
Completely free now and already the swelling has gone down and he takes another bite! This snake was a lot more aggressive and feisty than the brown that was caught here last week. The brown lay still while the handlers cut him free. He did take a bite but not as aggressively as the black today.
We have seen at least 5 snakes on the farm so far. Usually that just slither away. We know they are there and just keep a watchful eye out for them. It is unfortunate they get caught in our nets, but if we don't net the garden beds the wild ducks get in and feast on the vegies.