A red-bellied black snake has been rescued by the staff at The Australian Reptile Park after a local resident brought the snake that had become entangled in netting into the zoo located on the NSW Central Coast. The snake would have likely died had Park staff not cut it free and the good people who brought the snake into the Park with extreme caution and care.
Commenting on the situation, The Australian Reptile Park’s General Manager Tim Faulkner said “Usually we wouldn’t suggest people to catch snakes like this, it would have been better had they of called someone like a local snake removalist, to eliminate the risk. However, a bit of careful cutting and removing netting by Reptile Park staff allowed the snake to be released into the bush later in the day with only a few very small lacerations that did not require medical treatment.”
Due to the wet summer Australia is experiencing with the plants growing, the insects follow and the whole life-cycle of the ecosystems ticks over – this means snakes are out and about. Tim went on to say “it does not mean that there are more of them, it just means that they are more active.”
“Last week, there was a well-known tragedy that took place in northern NSW that reiterates why we need to be aware of snakes, know about snakes and take safety precautions. Snakes are scared of us and usually their first instinct is flight so if you see a snake, leave it alone and head in the opposite direction.”
“Deterring snakes by not having stick piles in your back yard and un-mowed grass are also key in preventing snake bite, but most importantly, know your first aid. For all Australian snakes, the technique to use is called the “pressure immobilisation bandage” which involves using a bandage to wrap the bite site 2-3 times, then continuing to bandage up the limb towards the body. If you have a snake that is trapped like this, call a snake rescue organisation or a local snake catcher to come and remove the snake.”
The Australian Reptile Park teaches individuals during their daily wildlife shows about snake safety but for organisations looking for a special course for their employees, they offer a Snake Safety Awareness Seminar (for more information, head to www.reptilepark.com.au).
Often, it is said that snakes are becoming more common in urban areas, but it is actually the case that urban areas are becoming more common in snake habitat. The further humans sprawl out, the more we will come into contact with snakes. Native snakes like red-bellied black snakes, Eastern brown snakes and tiger snakes, feed on frogs and rodents which live on the outskirts of urban areas so it is likely numbers will not be reducing anytime soon.
The Australian Reptile Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is regarded as one of the country's premier attractions and is the only zoo in Australia committed to saving lives with a spider and snake Venom-Milking Program in place.
Devil Ark is a not for profit organisation and registered charity, dedicated to ensuring the survival of the endangered Tasmanian devil at risk of extinction due to Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD).
As if running the Reptile Park wasn't enough, Tim also has his own TV show, active social channels and a self-imposed mandate to provide further knowledge of Australian Wildlife right around the world. You can keep up with everything Tim is doing at timfaulkner.com.au.