Snake han­dler vis­its show

Central and North Burnett Times - - COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD -

THE most deadly snakes in Australia were mov­ing amongst the peo­ple in Monto over the week­end.

As luck would have it they were kept un­der con­trol by rep­tile and snake han­dler Luke Cheyne from the Luke’s Rep­tile King­dom on the Gold Coast.

Mr Cheyne was at the Monto Show with a dis­play that was fas­ci­nat­ing au­di­ences four deep try­ing to get a glimpse of the ven­omous snakes and gi­ant lizards on dis­play.

Wildlife as­sis­tant Lach­lan Gotchie (who has been bit­ten twice in the past two months) said he has been han­dling snakes since he was five years old and you can never be too care­ful.

“I was bit­ten last month by a brown snake last month and I didn’t even know,” Mr Gotchie said.

“I just started to get sick and I went to the hos­pi­tal.

When they test my blood I was pos­i­tive for brown snake venom.

“Be­fore that a speck­led brow latched onto my fin­ger and that on I knew I had been bit­ten.

“With­out the knowl­edge of how to ban­dage and how to re­spond to a bite of that mag­ni­tude I may have been in dan­ger of dy­ing.”

The snakes on dis­play in Monto are claimed to be the world’s largest dis­play of highly ven­omous snakes.

The dis­play also in­cluded a small salt wa­ter crocodile, a Spencer’s Mon­i­tor lizard and sev­eral less harm­ful snakes.

The mes­sage from Mr Cheyne was not to worry the snake and it more than likely won’t worry you.

“Most peo­ple get bit­ten when they are try­ing to catch or kill a snake that will be try­ing to get out of harm’s way it­self,” he said.

“Peo­ple also kill harm­less snakes like the black headed python which spends most of their time eat­ing poi­sonous snakes.”

– Noel Thomp­son

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