A slippery situation

Developer 2 (MM) - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It’s that time of the year again Roxby residents (the whole of Australia, really). Not only do the old togs and your dads embarrassing stubby shorts come out of the closet again, but so do the snakes. We have had a few calls recently from locals with snakes in their yards, and spotted a couple ourselves out in the Reserve, prompting us to have a bit of a refresher on what to do in a slithery situation.

Many will turn their nose up and shudder at the mention of snakes, and you will also get a few squeals of terror. While Australia does rate pretty highly on the venomous and deadly snake scale, they aren’t all bad and there is plenty you can do prevent getting yourself or your family into a dangerous situation.

  • Clear up around the house. Hook up the trailer and grab a pair of gloves, it’s time to get rid of all those old branches in the backyard, and any piles of scrap metal, bricks or even toys that the kids don’t use anymore. Prune back any shrubs growing close to the house, not only does this assist with fire prevention and control, but also removes the places snakes love to hide.
  • Remove water sources from your yard. Snakes need water too, and will be attracted to it in the hot weather.
  • Keep your compost heaps tidy and make sure there are no gaps for rats and mice to enter. If you provide food for the snakes, of course they are going to hang around.

One of the friendlier, less deadly snakes, the Woma Python. Arid Recovery undertook the first ever trial reintroduction of this species several years ago.

Snakes are a part of our lives in Roxby Downs, we have moved into their habitat so it is inevitable that we are going to encounter them. Ensure you are wearing long pants, thick socks and boots when working outside during snake season. If you do encounter a snake, try not to panic, remember they are usually more scared of you than you are of them (you are a giant, towering over him slithering at ground level!).

Remain calm and still, keep your eyes on the snake and if possible back away slowly. Watch the snake to ensure it does not head towards a building or other people nearby. If you lose sight of the snake it makes it very difficult for someone to assist you with catching it. Most of the time snakes will move on by themselves, you have given them such a fright they will quickly escape to another area.

If you do have a problem with a snake entering your home or business, there are some local residents trained to handle snakes. The local council has the phone number of a snake catcher, or sightings can be reported to the BHPB Environmental Department on 08 8671 8369 or Arid Recovery on 08 8671 2402.

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