Fraser Coast is a ‘hotspot for ven­omous snakes’

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS -

DE­SPITE bring home to 24 species of ven­omous snakes, one wildlife ex­pert says there is more chance of dy­ing in swerv­ing to avoid hit­ting a kan­ga­roo than by a snake bite.

Widelife ecol­ogy lec­turer Scott Bur­nett has been work­ing with snakes for 30 years and de­scribed the Fraser Coast as a “di­ver­sity hotspot for ven­omous snakes”.

Mr Bur­nett said South­east Queens­land had the widest range of ven­omous snake species in the world and lo­cals should be proud of that fact.

“In a per­fect world ev­ery­one would view snakes as just as much a trea­sure as su­gar glid­ers and koalas,” he said.

Mr Bur­nett said al­though the risk of death was small, peo­ple should not be com­pla­cent about the risk and stay vig­i­lant, par­tic­u­larly around new de­vel­op­ments.

“A new de­vel­op­ment is go­ing to dis­place all the wildlife so it will al­ways take a bit of time for them to find new homes,” he said.

“These ar­eas nor­mally re­sult in a re­duced num­ber of snakes as a whole due to death by traf­fic, weeds, do­mes­tic pets and hos­tile humans that kill snakes.”

He also warned res­i­dents to save their money when it came to com­mer­cial snake de­ter­rents.

“There is re­ally no truth be­hind them, they just don’t work,” he said.

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