DESTINATIONS - OUTDOORS HEALTH & SAFETY
In the accompanying videos you’ll see some of Australia’s best-known snakes in action. Being able to distinguish dangerous from harmless from lethal is important. In the unlikely event of a snakebite here’s the St Johns Ambulance advice on what to do.
1. Follow DRABC (if you don’t know what that means you need to enrol in a first aid course).
2. Rest and reassure the casualty.
3. Apply a very firm pressure immobilisation bandage – quickly.
4. Splint the bandaged limb to immobilise it.
5. Ensure the casualty does not move.
6. If in phone range, call an ambulance (000). A satellite phone is necessary in remote areas.
7. Write down the time of the bite and the time when the bandage was applied.
8. Stay with the casualty.
Black Headed Python
The Black-headed Python is more likely to squeeze a venomous snake to death than a human, but is often mistaken for a Tiger Snake.
Brown Tree Snake
Often aggro, but relatively harmless. The Brown Tree Snake is sometimes confused with the dangerous Eastern Brown, but has a much bigger head and distinctive bulbous eyes.
A beautifully marked, non-venomous snake that’s commonly seen. Carpet pythons won’t give you any trouble, unless you interfere with their stately existence.
A bite may not be life threatening, but can be extremely painful.
You certainly don’t want to get bitten by one of these! The Coastal Taipan is one of the deadliest snakes in the world and, with its two other Taipan relatives, is widely spread in inland Australia.
Death adders eat small prey and will avoid humans unless you happen to stand on one accidentally. The bite is highly venomous.
Fast, large and often aggressive, the Eastern Brown Snake is to be avoided at all times. The venom is deadly.
Green Tree Snake
Beautiful, delicate and harmless – unless you’re a frog! Green tree snakes vary in colour and size, but can often be seen coiled up in tree branches.
Big, mean and widespread in Australia. The Mulga Snake is active and delivers a massive amount of venom in its bite – give it a wide berth!
Red-bellied Black Snake
Shy but still venomous.The Red-bellied Black Snake will scuttle away when alarmed, but is dangerous if cornered.
Tiger snakes are dangerously venomous – sometimes they’re striped and sometimes black!
Steve Irwin – Brown Snake