Snakes on the move

WHITSUNDAY residents should be aware of the increasing number of snakes in the region as summer approaches.

Cannonvale resident Rebecca Woods learnt first hand of the growing presence of snakes in the area when she came across a seven foot-long snake skin in the garage of her family home last week.

Mrs Woods said she had come across snakes and snake skins in the past, but this was by far the biggest.

“Living up here you often see a lot of little ones but never usually this big,” she said.

“It's quite surprising.”

With a young family of her own, Mrs Woods said her recent finding was a good reminder to all families of the importance of taking the necessary precautions to keep themselves and their families safe from any snake attacks.

"It is an important reminder about teaching the kids to be aware of them when they're in the backyard," she said.

Local snake catcher Kylee Gray said she had been notified of more snake findings in the past few months compared to the numbers over the winter months.

"The last two months or so have been a lot busier seeing as its breeding season," she said.

"We have also had a lot of snake injuries."

Climate change and sustainability minister Kate Jones said it was important for people to understand snakes posed no immediate threat to humans.

"When they're left alone, snakes present little or no danger to people," she said.

"What's important is for people to take precautions in their homes, workplaces and when visiting our national parks to reduce the chances of coming into contact with snakes.”

Residents who find any snakes or reptiles are urged to call a local snake catcher such as Kylee Gray on 0424 456 254.

For any injured reptiles call Fauna Rescue Whitsundays on 4947 3389.

Safety tips

  • Remove food or shelter suitable for snakes or their prey by removing rubbish piles and sheets of tin.
  • Keep grass short.
  • Wear protective footwear in long grass and carry a torch outside at night.
  • Wear gloves while gardening.
  • Learn to identify the snakes in your area and learn first aid treatment for snakebites.

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