Can red belly black snakes kill dogs?
A red-bellied black snake at Catherine Field.
Snakes will only attack if hurt or provoked.
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service warned residents to treat all snakes they encounter as venomous and not to interfere with them.
People should report sightings to the service, police or WIRES.
Many believe it's instinctual behavior, harkening back to the days when your dog's wild ancestors would mask their scent to help them sneak up on their prey.
Wolves, for example, have been observed rolling in animal carcasses or the droppings of plant-eating animals, to cover up their own smell during the hunt.
Safe: Some Vegetables.
Your dog can have a healthy snack of carrot sticks, green beans, cucumber slices, or zucchini slices.
Even a plain baked potato is OK.
Don't let your dog eat any raw potatoes or any potato plants from your pantry or garden.