Dean warns snakes are about

SNAKES are on the move.

With hot, dry weather conditions across Central Queensland the snake season has slithered in.

Darumbal traditional owner Dean Edmund is warning residents to be aware.

With a number of recent sightings in the region, Mr Edmund said brown snakes and taipans were the major cause for concern.

The long-term Rockhampton resident, who has a strong interest in the land and environment, said dry lawns and dead long grass throughout the region provided a perfect camouflage for the reptiles to move long distances during the day.

“People must ensure grass is kept short around their houses and rubbish and debris is kept to a minimum,” Mr Edmund said.

He suggested protective clothing such as long trousers and boots be worn while trekking through rural areas to help avoid potential snakebite.

Mr Edmund said “browns” were very common in suburban areas and keeping grass green around the house could act as a deterrent in some cases.

“It is important to be on constant alert if there is a bushfire in your area because they (snakes) will move quickly,” he said.

“If you are bitten by a brown snake your chances of survival are slim.”

He said the main reason brown snakes were now on the move was the number of mice around at present.

“There are mice infestations around because of the dry weather and mice are the brown's main source of food.”



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