Get up close and personal with a range of reptiles
WHEN Luke Cheyne heads through Monto, it is usually on a “reptile catching mission”, but next fortnight he is putting on the brakes to showcase the world’s largest collection of venomous snakes to the town’s locals.
Crocodiles, turtles, frogs and lizards from Luke’s Reptile Kingdom will all make the trip up from the Gold Coast for the Monto Show, but it is his “big pit of the world’s most venomous snakes” that is sure to have onlookers gasping.
“I’ve been collecting reptiles since I was five years old and now I have over 500 reptiles and we just launched a reptile park with more than 50 species,” Luke said.
“The Monto Show will be a great chance for people to get up and close with lizards, snakes, frogs, turtles and crocodiles.
“People can hold baby crocodiles and get their photos taken, get snakes wrapped around them and have a photo with lizards all over them.”
While Luke said he has never been to the Monto Show, the North Burnett area was certainly on his radar.
“It’s a bit of a mecca for reptiles out that way. There are lots and lots of snakes,” he said.
“But it’s not until people try and upset the natural balance of things and go after snakes that they get bitten.”
Despite working with reptiles all his life, Luke has never been bitten.
“I’ve been lucky, and always wear protective clothing,” he said. “At the show we will also give out vital lifesaving advice and try and dissuade negative opinions about reptiles.”
GREAT SNAPS: Luke's Reptile Kingdom will provide a great photo opportunity at the Monto Show this year.