I had to walk over to the house today to chcek on some plumbing works. It was baking hot and I was walking quite slowly so probably not making much noise or vibration on the concrete path as I slothed along. Nipper the ever faithdul pooch was dawdling along behind me when a beautiful, red necked keel backed snake, about two to three feet long slithered onto the path in front of me. I barely had time to stop walking, I was so close to it. Another step and I would have certainly stood on it if had not been looking. Nipper took absolutely no notice of it all (thankfully). It's apparently not lethal but does deliver a venomous bite. The snake eventually took refuge in the leaf litter at the side of the path where despite its colourful markings it had superb camouflage.