What do you do if you see a snake?
Australia is home to 21 of the 25 most venomous snakes in the world. While it is extremely unlikely you will encounter one while here, it’s always good to know how handle the situation should you come into contact with one such as this 4.5kg monster that was recently found near a Brisbane home.
Stay Still or Back Away Slowly
In most cases snakes that sense danger will flee, so if you see snake on a pathway or in a forest reserve, stay still if you are not too close or slowly and calmly back away. The snake will usually disappear quite quickly as soon as it senses you.
Do Not Scare or Threaten the Snake
Avoid doing anything to threaten or scare the snake. Snakes will become far more aggressive if cornered or if they feel like their life is in danger, so avoid getting too close or irritating the reptile in any way.
Despite their reputation, snakes generally don’t attack unless startled, scared or trapped, and almost all species would rather slither off and hide than face conflict with a human.
Call For Help
If the snake is inside or in a built up area, take a picture of it and try to remember its marking, features, size and colour. Get in contact with a local snake expert who can help identify the species and take further action should it need removal or relocation.
If You Get Bitten
If you follow the above guidelines there is almost zero chance you will ever get bitten by a snake. If you do find yourself in this unfortunate situation however, there are some steps you should take to ensure your safety.
Apply a pressure immobilization bandage immediately. This applies pressure over a wide area of the bitten limb to restrict the flow of the venom. The bandage should be firm but not so tight as to restrict blood flow.
Once the bitten limb is bandaged, it should be immobilized using a splint. The victim should not attempt to move if at all possible. If others are present they should seek help, and someone should call 000 immediately to get medical attention.
If you have a close encounter with a snake in and or around your premises and you’re located in South-East Queensland around Brisbane the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast, give the team at Pesky Possum a call and have the snake safely relocated to a more suitable location. You can call us anytime on 1300 767 786.