Keep alert for snakes on prowl

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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