Monthly Archives: September 2011
THE barrages at the mouth of the Murray River are an essential cornerstone of healthy, working rivers throughout the Murray-Darling Basin. To remove them would be a calamitous act of vandalism that would hurt every person, animal and plant that relies on healthy, working rivers across the basin.
by Kym McHugh, mayor of Alexandrina Council
by Peter Mirtschin. Director, Venom Science Pty Ltd. Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Pharmacy & Medical Sciences, University of South Australia.
Through the warmer months of the year, it is possible to encounter some of Australia’s most venomous snakes around Lake Alexandrina, Lake Albert, Hindmarsh Island and Fleurieu Peninsula. Some of the smaller islets within the lakes and along the rivers in the region also have snakes. The dangerous snakes are common brown snakes Pseudonaja textilis, tiger snakes Notechis scutatus, red bellied black snakes Pseudechis porphyriacus and the pygmy copperhead Austrelaps labialis. Snake bites from any of these should be regarded as dangerous to humans and pets and immediate action is required to reduce the chance of death or injury.
Whilst there is always the risk of snake bite in this region, it is very low and these snakes can live quite happily and in harmony with us. Nearly in all cases dangerous species of snakes will flee when approached by a humans or domestic animals. Exceptions are where they become used to us and our pets, especially if we leave them alone and they realize there is no danger. This behavior varies with the species and also with individuals but is possible with some snakes over time exposure with us. Generally the last thing they want to do is have a confrontation with us. It’s simply not in their interest. The health risks to us by having them around is minimal for humans and somewhat more for domestic pets.