Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Best to Avoid Bites; Snake Safety Vital for All as Southern Downs Heats Up

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Best to Avoid Bites; Snake Safety Vital for All as Southern Downs Heats Up

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Sophie Lester

Reporter

AS THE mercury climbs, one sun-basking visitor is more unwelcome than most - the snake.

One of the most common venomous species in the region is the eastern brown snake, which can vary in colour from brown and dark grey to black.

Officer in charge of Warwick Ambulance Station Jamie Taylor said residents should be aware that Queensland is home to some of the most dangerous snake species and should take extra precaution to avoid them.

"There were about 65 snake bite cases in the region overall last year," Mr Taylor said.

"When it comes to snake bites, prevention is always better than cure and we recommend people take extra care to avoid snakes at this time of year.

"If a bite has occurred, the patient should stay calm to avoid the increased heart rate spreading the venom more rapidly."

Practice manager of Killarney Vet Maurice Thomson said when it comes to snakes, the best thing to do is to leave them alone and never try to catch or kill a snake. …

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