Fraser Coast is a ‘hotspot for venomous snakes’
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.