Snakes will avoid people if they can.But if they feel threatened and cant find a way of escape they will defend themselves by biting. Most people bitten by snakes are bitten when trying to catch it or kill it
If you see a Snake...
- Stay calm and walk away from it
- Do NOT try to catch it
- Do NOT try to kill it Do NOT make it feel threatened e.g throwing things at it / poking it with a stick
- If you see a snake in a building leave the room
First aid tips for Snake bites
- Call for help immediately
- Do NOT Try to Suck out the poison
- Do NOT cut the wound
- Do NOT wash the bite. (the hospital has the best chance of identifying the snake by any venom sill around the wound)
- Apply a pressure bandage tightly across the bite and up the limb to immobilise it.
- if the bite is not on a limb, apply direct and firm pressure to the bite site with your hands (it is also important the patient is kept still).
- Stay as calm and as still as possible while you are waiting to help to come.
Snakes are deaf, they have no external ears.
Snakes can visualise their surroundings using their tongue to pick up chemicals in the air.
Snakes are found on every continent except Antarctica.
Snakes have no eyelids.
Before shedding, a snake’s eyes will become cloudy/opaque
Endemic to Western Australia’s Pilbara region, the Anthill python (Antaresia perthensis) is the smallest python species in the world.
The yellow bellied sea snake (Pelamis platurus) is the most widely distributed snake in the world, found in tropical oceanic waters across the globe excluding the Atlantic.
Mother pythons will coil themselves around their eggs using their bodies to regulate the eggs temperature during incubation
There are no snakes native to New Zealand.
Most snakes are immune to their own venom.
Anti-venom is produced by injecting small amounts of venom into a horse and then extracting the antibodies.
The king cobra is the longest venomous snake in the world, and eats other snakes, including other king cobras.
The amethystine python (aka the scrub python) is by far the longest snake in Australia, it grows up to 6m.