I just ki... um. I just had a red-bellied-black commit fatal suicide by jumping under a blunt spade, about five times, under my pergola.
I'm a bit shattered.
Floyd was making funny noises, I thought he wanted to be fed... it was about 9-ish, or a bit before, 20 to. As soon as I opened the door he leapt inside and sat at my feet, looking outside. Then he went outside and showed me what he was looking at...
Only about 18 inches long... black on top and pink/red and white underneath, about the circumference of my little finger, a juvenile. Small, bullet-like round jet-black head. I have it in a jar in case Floyd gets sick.
Phoned a vet friend from work she advised that red-bellied-blacks are less aggressive than browns and their toxin is a haemotoxin (blood toxin), other venomous Australian snakes like the brown have neurotoxins. I have to look for signs of blood loss, blood in the urine, pale gums... weakness. She said she's seen dogs two days after they've been bitten when they showed symptoms.
I'm not having coffee with my friend tomorrow. I'm whippersnippering and mowing... I hope it's fine! It will probably kill me.
I'll tell you about hospital etc on the weekend.