VIDEO: Spotted black snake kills family dog
A FAMILY has been left devastated after a snake killed their dog.
Snake catcher David Wiedman issued a warning to Toowoomba residents after the dog was killed at a Goombungee home.
The spotted black snake was captured after it delivered the deadly bite.
Mr Wiedman said spotted black snakes were related to, and more venomous than, red bellied black snakes.
"The removal was a success. However the family dog had already been bitten and passed away," he said.
The snake catcher from Toowoomba Snake Catchers 24/7 said it was a timely reminder that venomous snakes were still around in winter.
"Please have your property and buildings checked for any issues," he said.
Mr Wiedman said it was possible the snake was female and was protecting its eggs.
The snakes feed mainly on frogs, lizards, snakes and small mammals.
Tips to keep your pets safe
- If you do notice your dog barking at a snake, call it away and keep your eye on the snake, then call a licenced snake catcher.
- If your dog sees a snake and you can't call it back, get the hose out and spray your dog to keep it away from the snake.
- Just because it's winter don't consider that snakes are gone, they'll always be around.
- Be aware that snakes don't hibernate, they go into brumation, which means they wake up and return to sleep.