Myth busted: Snakes not quite as sleepy as we think in win­ter

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL LIFE -

IT’S a com­mon be­lief snakes hi­ber­nate dur­ing the win­ter months and those who fear the slith­ery leg­less crea­tures can be care­free at this time of year.

But not in the Sun­shine State.

The warmer win­ters in Queens­land ac­tu­ally mean the rep­tiles go into a state called bru­ma­tion, where they be­come lethar­gic but don’t quite en­ter hi­ber­na­tion.

Snake catcher An­drew Buck­ley warned snakes were about all year round.

“Snakes don’t hi­ber­nate in Aus­tralia they just slow down in the win­ter months,” he said.

“With our warmer win­ter we have seen a steady flow of snakes.”

Mr Buck­ley has been catch­ing snakes in the Wide Bay re­gion for the past three years and said the mes­sage was clear.

“Snakes are of­ten mel­low up un­til the point they feel threat­ened,” he said.

“Peo­ple don’t have to call me – just don’t in­ter­fere with the snake.”

The rep­tile enthusiast said it was im­por­tant to teach the younger gen­er­a­tions about snakes.

“Ed­u­ca­tion is the best tool,” Mr Buck­ley said.

‘We live in Aus­tralia – we teach kids how to cross the road and we need to make sure we teach them about snakes and other rep­tiles too.”

If you en­counter a snake and would like some pro­fes­sional help, Buck­ley’s Snake Re­lo­ca­tion Ser­vices Snake Catcher can be found on Face­book.

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