There are times when it feels like we may be living in Australia Zoo.
On Sunday a koala climber up a tree to watch the boys play backyard footy.
Yesterday loud squawking alerted us to a pair of magpies swooping a huge goanna, to drive it away from their nest. They were successful, and the goanna retreated to a refuge under the fig tree.
And soon after that, Murray the wonder
dog started barking madly. A snake had come to visit, and was by the front door.
Calmy, it slithered through the garage and off to some bushes on the boundary of our house. It was thin, about a metre long, with a greenish sides and a brown back.
And today, two more snakes of the same species were sunning themselves in the driveway.
Identifying snakes is notoriously diffcult. Herpetologists often have to count the number of dorsal scales to be sure of the species (really!).That’s more initmate than I want to get to a snake.
- Do not try and catch the snake.
- Ring an ambulance.
- Do not wash the bite site (the hospital will take a swab of the venom on the skin to identify the snake)
- Apply a ‘pressure immobilisation bandage’ – this means wrap the arm or leg up as if the person had a sprained ankle or sprained wrist. Start at the fingers and toes and go as far up the limb as you can.
- Splint the leg/arm.
- Keep as still as possible.