My mother lives in sunny Queensland and has a dilemma: her dog Kelly (named after Ned) has taken up bringing home red-bellied black snakes. These are a very poisonous kind of snake and could kill Kelly. The latest was feet long & as thick as an adult’s wrist. My mother was telling one of her friends about her worries for Kelly’s life and the guy replied “Well, if you’ve got red-bellied blacks, you won’t have any brown snakes.” Apparently, the two colours don’t mix … but only in Queensland could you find such a silver lining.