This Tuesday saw Roxby Downs’ first Community Snake Awareness Session and we were amazed at the turnout. Over 65 people attended the talk by Living with Wildlife principal Geoff Coombe and were even privileged enough to meet and greet some of his scaly companions. Of note; the Red-bellied Black Snake, a Tiger Snake, and the Western Brown fondly named Psycho.
Throughout the presentation we learned about not only the types of snakes we would find in Roxby and surrounds (the Mulga, Woma and Western Brown) but also how to avoid attracting them, what to wear in situations in which you might find one, and what to do if you get bitten.
Roxby's introduction to Living with Wildlife
For those of you who were unable to attend, these are a few of the most important things to remember when it comes to snakes and when dealing with them:
- It’s true that snakes are more scared of you then you are of them! Respect them and you shouldn’t have a problem!
- Stand still when you get too close, as Geoff mentioned, snakes don’t go around biting what they think are trees!
- Don’t give them places to hide where you don’t want them going. e.g. large bushes or garbage piles close to the house (they are only trying to hide and get out of the sun!)
- Wear appropriate clothing when out bushwalking etc. (long pants and closed in shoes) and;
- If you DO get bitten, apply appropriate first aid and get help immediately, don’t clean the wound (the venom on your skin can help identify the snake that bit you) and try not to move (you don’t want the venom to spread!).
A native Woma Python meeting the crowd
A big thankyou to Geoff, and his assistant Greg, and everyone who came to support this initiative, we hope that you came away with some valuable information and can feel a little more confident if faced by a snake. We sure learnt a lot!!
And if you want to know more feel free to visit Geoff Coombe’s Living with Wildlife website at http://www.livingwithwildlife.net/.