Snake handler visits show
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