24 Sep Slithering and Swooping Season Begins
Warmer spring days sparks the commencement of snake season, when they come active out of brumation, looking to breed and source food. Experts say the unusually warm weather has led to an increase in snake sightings and activity.
To avoid an unwanted visit from a snake, keep grass areas around houses low and well maintained, also avoid piling up left over wood from winter or accumulating stick piles. Tin sheets or any household items like these that are piled up, can draw in heat providing a perfect man-made habitat for snakes.
A bite from a venomous snake, if not treated immediately a fatality can be as quick as 30 minutes, depending on the toxicity level of the venom and the type of snake.
Basic first aid includes keeping the bite victim calm and immobile, applying a pressure-immobilisation bandage to the bite site on the entire limb, not just the bite area and seeking medical assistance immediately by calling an ambulance.
If the snakes weren’t enough Magpies also breed between August and October every year, and it’s during this time that their protective swooping behavior is in full force.
Magpie attacks can cause injuries, typically wounds to the head. Being unexpectedly swooped while cycling can result in loss of control of the bicycle, which may cause injury or even fatal accidents.
The best way to avoid being swooped is to change your route. Magpies only swoop within 50 metres of their nests so stay away from known magpie nesting areas. But if that’s not possible you can try wearing sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat, if you ride a bike walk it through magpie territory, and do not act aggressively as magpies will see you as a threat.