Vet warns public of reptiles
WITH a hotter then normal start to summer snakes are becoming more active across Queensland.
Queensland Ambulance Service assistant commissioner for South Western Region Gavin Trembath warned residents to be alert.
He said simple precautions to take included avoiding long grass areas, but if you have to, wear sturdy enclosed shoes and long pants; carry a good quality compression bandage with you; never try to catch or kill a snake; when camping, ensure the campsite is well lit at night and take care when moving timber or iron sheeting and other outdoor building materials.
If a snake bite does occur, the best course of action is to assume the snake is venomous and call triple-zero (000) immediately.
Pets can also be bitten by snakes during this time of the year and there has been an increased number across vet surgery’s in Toowoomba.
Toowoomba veterinarian Daniel van Geuns from Chandlers Animal Hospital said dogs or cats found with a snake bite need to be taken immediately to their closest veterinarian and take note of the type of snake for identification.
“We start seeing bites from October when the weather warms up,” he said.
“We have had a few every month so far. Unfortunately only 50 per cent have survived.
“Don’t try to suck the venom out or wipe the wound.”
Snakes seen in Toowoomba include brown, spotted black and red-belly black snakes.
“We even had one pet bitten by a brown snake inside a home in Toowoomba, so it can happen anywhere,” he said.