Warmer Weather = Increased Snake Activity

img_5496With summer now here and the weather definitely warming up, we need to be more alert to the possibility of snake encounters.

Our local snake catcher has been very busy in the last month or so with relocations.  Snakes are not only found in the bush, they are now venturing into backyards and city areas, so it’s not just campers who need to be alert.  This is especially important for people with young kids or animals (we have one dog who is obsessed with our pet snake and that’s not a great mix for a dog that goes out bush 4WDing with us!).  As our housing and building starts spreading further and further out, we are removing the snakes natural habitat and their food source and they are therefore venturing closer to humans.

We thought it timely to re-share an old blog post that we wrote about snakes and first aid in relation to snake bites.  Click here to read the blog Snakes ….. do you know what to do if you encounter one?IMG_5312With the warmer temperatures, there has definitely been increased snake activity and therefore the potential for snake bites.

The experts say that this summer is shaping up to be extremely busy with snake activity due to a number of factors:-

  • The increased rainfall through winter and spring has brought about some perfect IMG_5311conditions of snakes.
  • These conditions have promoted snake breeding activity.
  • The abundance of water has also promoted breeding activity for all of the small animals snakes prey upon.
  • The now hot and dry weather is the perfect weather for snakes, they like nothing better than to bask under the sun and increase their body temperature.

The main things to remember are to treat all snakes as if they are venomous, never try to catch a snake, keep quiet and still and slowly back away.  Generally snakes are just as surprised to see us and are far more scared of us and will happily slither away if left alone.

FullSizeRenderKeep your local snake catchers details handy in case you encounter one around home.  If travelling the outback, pick up one of the Snake Bite First Aid kits from Reptile Awareness Displays of Australia (RADOA) to ensure you have something available should you be a distance from help.  Of course, read up on the correct first aid tips should you or anyone around you get bitten, you can view this on our website.

Link to our previous blog post – Snakes ….. do you know what to do if you encounter one?

Those annoying tourists!


So yesterday our good friends, Stewy & Kristy arrived with the kids.  Unfortunately this year we were unable to time our visits to spend our holiday together, but at least we get a day and a bit with them! Today we decided to leave early and head up to Sandy Cape for the day ….. things didn’t go quite as planned!  All seemed fine until just after Orchid Beach.  The cops pulled us over for RBT and advised that there were about 60 cars sitting up at Ngkala Rocks waiting to cross over!  Annoying Easter break tourists! Haha

George and I had been up there a few days ago and saw how chopped up the track was – we drove over the Ngkala Rocks bypass and turned around and came straight back as it was getting on in the afternoon and we knew we could get stuck there a while. That was a good move as the car behind us got stuck …. as did the next and the next!!  We parked on the beach and walked up to the rocks and watched people attempting to drive through for about 2 hours.  I now get the excitement and why there is always a crowd of people up there watching!!

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This was the track a few days ago and today it was worse! We reached Ngkala Rocks and the copper was right!  We have never, ever seen so many cars up that end of the beach.  With only one track (the same track to head north and south) to get to Sandy Cape, if anyone gets bogged (which is a regular occurrence) you can be stuck for hours – as we experienced last year when one of our friends got stuck!


Given the amount of people, we thought that it would be best to give Sandy Cape a miss and headed back down to Ocean Lake.  It was so nice sitting in the sun and lounging in the water, Stewy had a fish, the kids went swimming and we drank beer!  After lunch we headed down to Waddy Point for another swim and a fish.  We’d had a little on/off rain which had lasted no more than 5 min at a time, but the temperature had still been up around 30 degrees all day.


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 The kids wanted to go swimming in Eli Creek on the way home (do kids not feel the cold!) so we stopped in there for a while.  This truly has to be one of the coldest places to swim (it’s right up there with Mossman Gorge!).

Just after we arrived we heard someone screaming that there was a snake swimming through the water and we didn’t think much of it, thinking it was just a sea snake.  It swam across the water and up on to the beach, someone then identified it as a Death Adder (we later had a snake catch identify it by photos aswell).  Now we have seen these in NT and heard the stories and know all too well how deadly these little guys are.  You can be dead in as little as 45 min after a bite from one of these guys, so it’s not the snake you want biting you on Fraser Island! IMG_5311 IMG_5312  

He attracted quite a crowd and didn’t seem fussed by us at all, he certainly wasn’t scared of us (although he’d just swum through ice cold water, so he would have been pretty docile anyway!).  We all took photos and watched as he slithered from car to car, just hoping that he wasn’t going to make a home under some ones car or in their wheels!  We watched him until he made his way back over and into the bushland, we didn’t want him being hurt or run over, and certainly didn’t want anyone standing on him.