Keep alert for snakes on prowl
SUMMER is when reptiles become more active and the number of snake sightings in the region is rising with the temperature.
Queensland Health reminds everyone to be aware they share the environment with a number of potentially dangerous snakes, which are more active in the summer months.
Queensland is home to about 120 species of snakes and around 65 per cent of those are venomous and can be found in the wild and potentially in the garden.
“For those bitten the prognosis is good if they can get to hospital in time, but sometimes snake bite victims do not even know they have been bitten,” Cairns Base Hospital director of medical services Dr Patrick O’neill said.
“Some people describe the bite as a feeling like a needle or a scratch, others describe it as a bump with not a lot of pain.
“Sometimes people might simply start to feel unwell and it is wise that they check themselves for scratches and puncture marks, snake bites can also leave bruising, bleeding or swelling around the wound.”
Dr O’neill said many bites occur when people try to kill snakes they find around the house and the best advice is to leave snakes alone.
“Prevention is better than a cure,” Dr O’neill said.
“We know snakes are around so avoid walking through long grass, but if you do, make sure to wear long pants and boots.
“Also wear sturdy gloves if you are working in or around the garden as gardens are great places for snakes to sleep.”
For more information visit the Queensland poisons information centre at www.health.qld.gov. au/ poisonsinformationcentre/ default.asp