South­west Queens­land faces snake alert warn­ing

The Western Star - - NEWS -

TIS THE sea­son, where snake sight­ings spike in south­west Queens­land, and snake ex­perts are ask­ing ev­ery­one to keep alert.

Boo­book Se­nior Ecol­o­gist Richard Johnson said they have al­ready had sev­eral calls to re­move snakes from peo­ples premises.

The most en­coun­tered species in the re­gion are Eastern Brown snakes, which are most com­mon in Roma, and the West­ern Brown snake, which is found around St Ge­orge and Mitchell West.

Mr Johnson as­sures that both snake’s are equally as dan­ger­ous.

“There bite is lethal and if it was an un­treated full bite it would likely prove fa­tal,” he said.

“Any snake bite should be treated as a med­i­cal emer­gency.”

Brown snakes if cor­nered, will adopt a threat­en­ing pos­ture where they will rear up the for­ward part of their body into a S shape, if a per­son or an­i­mal ap­proaches them af­ter that they will quite of­ten strike as a warn­ing.

“You just need be snake aware, and just keep an eye out for that kind of thing when you’re out and about,” he said.

If you are think­ing about your own home and want­ing to make it less at­trac­tive to snakes, Mr Johnson rec­om­mends keep­ing your grass short, and to re­duce the amount of ma­te­rial ly­ing around like roofing iron and tim­ber.

“If you keep poul­try, or pet birds try to keep that area as clean as you can and re­duce the num­ber of mice, be­cause mice are a big at­trac­tant for snakes,” he said.

“There is noth­ing like a food source such as an aviary that has got a lot of mice liv­ing in it, which gives that snake a rea­son to hang around.”

For snake re­moval help con­tact Boo­book on (07) 4622 2646.

PHOTO: SA­MUEL HUNT

DEADLY: A bite from an Eastern Brown snake can prove fa­tal.

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