We were riding an old trail (now banned by NPWS) that ends in a "non shallow creek" on Boxing day in the late afternoon on rounding
a corner to a spot with a view where we normally stop for a rest before the last decent we surprised a coastal Taipan.
And before you say na it was probably a brown I know my snakes I have held a Native animal keepers license for ten years and keep snakes at home.
The Taipan we saw was aprox five feet long a stunningly hansom animal but by no means a fully grown adult but enough to cause a serious problem if one of us was bitten.
I keep a first aid kit with me when riding which includes a pressure bandage for shoulder injury or god forbid a snake strike.
As snakes are now out hunting and searching for a mate early morning and late arvo. I hope everyone is keeping an eye out and taking some basic precautions ,pressure bandage , mobile phone , basic idea of map coordinate of where they ride and a plan in case of.
Unless you actually step on or run over one if you just stop and let it move on it will not bother you at all, just admire it as it goes by as they are more scared of us than us of them.
We were lucky that we stopped Holley my mates dog who rides with us from getting near this snake , it was not happy about being surprised and flattened out its head and neck before it calmly moved off into the scrub.
However there are Death adders around now this is another really big problem as they tend to coil up and wait on a well travelled path waiting for their prey
they are near impossible to see even up close due to their camouflage and have the fastest strike rate of any animal , we have spotted them around Belrose and the cascades so watch out
Enjoy the bush and don't ride in National Parks