In what possible sense is what you are describing “defence”? The snake is going about its business, you leave to go to a safe location, grab a weapon, return to the snake and kill it. That isn’t defence by even the most tortured defintion.
If, in some bizarre circumstances, you were able to defend yourself from a snake by killing it, then you would face no penalty, of course. But I can’t even imagine the circumstances in which killing a snake would be the optimal way defend against it.
Australian snakes are not, by and large, agressive. They will only chase people if they are provoked for a prolonged period of time. Since the only circumstance where I can even imagine that killing a snake would be a defence is when the snake is chasing you, you are basically talking about provoking a fight and then killing the defender.
More importantly, almost everybody ever bitten by a snake is trying to kill it or catch it. I’m sure that somebody, once upon a time, was bitten by a snake while going about their business, but I’ve never heard of a case. As such, trying to kill snake is not only non-defensive, it’s incredibly stupid and the optimal way of being bitten.
Since no such country exists, the question is moot. I’ve spent many years working in Australia, both rural and urban, and you’d be lucky to see one snake a month in the wild and one every 5 years in urban areas. There are plenty of snakes out there, but you don’t actually *see *them unless you start hunting for them.
Sinking large quantities of piss, talking shite about your sexual exploits and then getting into a blue is the standard method.
Because all native tetrapods are protected by law. Snakes are just protected by the same umbrella laws that protect birds and mammals and lizards. It would have required a special effort not to protect dangerous snakes, and since that is unnecessary, it has never been done.
Because it’s native wildlife, and there is no reason why people *should *be allowed to kill them. Once again, it would have required a special effort not to protect snakes in cities, and since that is unnecessary, it has never been done.
It varies depending on circumstances and state, but best case scenario if you can prove that you killed it humanely you are looking at fine from in the range $200 - $1, 000. If the RSPCA can prove that you killed it in an inhumane manner, then you are looking at anything from a couple of grand to 5 years in prison. It’s exceeding rare for anyone tt serve jail time for animal cruelty, but it has happened.
Not if it’s a humane killing, no.
Exactly the same thing that would happen if you shot a snake in a parking lot in the US.
You would be charged with discharging a firearm in a built-up area and using a firearm in a manner likely to cause fear. You would receive a fine of a few hundred bucks and your firearms licence would be cancelled.
Which IMO is precisely what should happen. Anyone irresponsible enough to discharge a firearm in the middle of the city for no reason is not a fit person to own a firearm.