Stick to well-used, open trails. In scrubby areas, use a walking stick to alert a snake of your approach
Avoid walking through thickly vegetated area
Step onto, rather than over fallen logs as there may be a snake on the other side. Do not step or put your hands where you cannot see
Avoid putting your hands into places where snakes may shelter
- holes in logs and trees
- holes made by other animals
- cracks in the ground
- holes in tree roots
- under rocks.
If you see a snake.
- If you come across a snake Never attempt to catch or kill a snake. They will defend themselves if confronted or threatened. Most snake bites occur when people try to catch or kill a snake.
- Remain calm to avoid disturbing it (otherwise it may try to find a place to hide in your house to avoid a confrontation)
If you are unlucky enough to be bitten
Snake bite can be life-threatening if the snake is venomous. Symptoms may include pain, swelling, redness or bleeding at the site of the bite. If a person is bitten by a snake, it's important that he or she remains calm, immobilises the bite area and removes jewellery or tight clothing. Emergency medical care should be obtained as soon as possible.
- 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.
- 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.
- There are around 3,000 reported snakebites each year in Australia, resulting in 500 hospital admissions and an average of two fatalities.”
- In those attacks in which the snake was positively identified, the brown snake was the most common biter (41%), followed by the tiger snake (17%) and red-bellied black snake (16%).