Snake season is here so take care, warns Sanctuary expert

23 Nov

By Traci Schaumberg, Bond University Journalism Student
The warm weather has snakes out and about and animal experts are reminding people to keep away from the reptiles.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s “The Big Fang Theory Reptile Show”, showcases venomous snakes and lizards, and presents safety tips on what to do if you encounter a snake unexpectedly.

From blue-tongue lizards to red-bellied black snakes, the show gives a chance to safely see a range of reptiles up close.

Supervisor of Reptiles & Amphibians Michael Vella said the most important thing you can do if you encounter a snake is to leave it alone.

“Even when you may think you know what type of snake it is, it is very important that you don’t try to identify or approach a snake at home,” he said.

“There are non-venomous snakes that look like venomous snakes, and venomous snakes that look like non-venomous snakes.”

Mr. Vella urges people when they see a snake to stay calm and back away slowly.

“If you do get bitten on the off chance, the first thing you should do is call 000 immediately,” he said.

“Stay calm and still, and wrap up the bite wound with tight pressure, starting from the location of the bite, all the way to the top of the limb you were bit on.”

The presentation is held once daily at 11.15am, and visitors get the opportunity to take a picture with a snake after the show.

A visitor from the United States Danielle Sents said the presentation was very helpful because she knew nothing about snake safety.

“If I saw a snake while visiting here, before I would have probably freaked out and tried to run or kill it,” she said.

“Now I probably will still freak out on the inside, but I’ll keep my composure because I know how to handle the situation better.”

 

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