Snakes alive for wet season
Well, it’s the beginning of the wet and our snakes are now emerging from hibernation.
At this time of the year, it has been many months since snakes last fed. As a result, their venom glands are often fuller, and bites are usually much more severe.
Dogs and cats are most often bitten around the head, limbs or inside the mouth. You usually will not find a bite site, so don’t waste your time looking, call the vet.
Often the closer the bite is to the heart, the quicker the venom will be absorbed into the pet’s system and distributed around the body.
The king brown, which is actually in the black snake family, is more venomous than others.
The amount of venom injected and the site of the snake bite all contribute. Often your pet will feel overheated and seek a cool place to lie down; they can also vomit, salivate and become unsteady on their feet.
If you are out and about in the bush with your pet, be assured they could be fossicking around seeking a snake.
Please do not try to catch the snake for identification, a photo or a dead one is fine.
Native Animal Rescue Broome co-ordinator Chris Mitchell said a variety of reptiles can be found around Broome and Derby, some more dangerous than others.
“Most species are coming out of their secure sheltered areas, looking for food and will be more prevalent,” he said. “As it rains, the frogs start moving around and snakes are out chasing them — you will see water pythons in Broome, olive pythons and black headed pythons in Derby, as well as slightly venomous whip and moon snakes.”
Mr Mitchell said the two main snakes to avoid were the king brown or mulga and the western brown or gwardar snakes.
“We recommend people ring reptile removalists — don’t interfere with them as most bites come from people trying to kill the animal.”
Greenough Wildlife Park manager Michelle Jones catches a deadly king brown snake, also known as a mulga.
A king brown snake.