Australia is home to more reptiles than any other country in the world. Did you know that some give birth to live young while others lay eggs?
You will find reptiles in every area of Australia. This can certainly be said for snakes. Although shy creatures the chances of seeing one is quite high, depending on where you live.
Snakes don’t want to hurt you, they want to be in your space as little as you want them in yours. Causing stress during an encounter with a snake can cause death. Be aware of this fact whenever you are in this kind of situation.
If you know with absolute certainty that the snake or reptile is harmless you can attempt a rescue and relocation for yourself. Once you have captured the snake or reptile you could contact your local wildlife or rescue centre and let them do it. If the lizard or snake makes a dash for it then try to place a plastic box over the top of it. That will safely keep it in one place.
Once the rescuers arrive, they will make an assessment. This will determine whether the reptile needs medical intervention or can be released back into the wild. Any relocation will be handled with the creatures wellbeing in mind.
Multiple studies have shown that translocated snakes far from the original area don’t cope well. Most will end up deceased due to car strikes, predation or starvation. This is becasue they will need to travel further than normal to find basic survival resources. This of course puts them in more danger. Snakes are not territorial, rather, they have a roaming range that will differ depending on the species you are handling. Snakes play an important role in our ecosystem both as prey and as predators. They help to keep the balance necessary.
It is worth reiteratingthat the only time a venomous snake becomes potentially dangerous is if it has nowhere to escape to. If it has no other option but to defend itself, defend itself is what it will do. Given the opportunity, a snake would much rather retreat to safety than to strike.
Reptiles (and that includes snakes) must be released in a suitable habitat as close as possible to the original place of capture. Of course, you must take into account considerations regarding the safety of the public. There are a number of things that should come into the decision. Some features to consider would be but not limited to are:
- a reliable freshwater source,
- plenty of cover as neither snakes nor reptiles don’t like to be exposed,
- available prey,
- ability to avoid human/domestic pets and cars etc.
If you are concerned that the creature is being relocated far enough away you shouldn’t be. Any reputable snake or reptile catcher will return free of charge should the snake return.
So, to summarise. Snakes will not threaten you unless they themselves feel threatened. Releasing them close by will increase their opportunities and improve their chances of survival.
If you are worried, you can call Pat Lazarro. He is an experienced Snake catcher and Relocator who operates in North Brisbane but has a network of fellow reptile experts across our beautiful state.