Flooding and potentially dangerous wildlife
Flooding of waterways and low-lying areas can temporarily increase the mobility and distribution of potentially dangerous wildlife – particularly snakes and crocodiles – and as such these animals may be present in areas they do not usually inhabit.
All crocodile sightings in Queensland should be reported to the CrocWatch hotline on 1300 130 372. The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection records and investigates all crocodile reports made by the public and will take appropriate action based on the potential safety risk posed by the animal. A summary of all current crocodile sightings and declared crocodiles of concern is available on the department’s CrocWatch page. Always remember that no natural waterway in crocodile country is ever 100% risk free, and the public should remain 'croc-wise' at all times when in and around crocodile habitat.
Snakes found on premises can be removed and relocated by private snake catchers authorised under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. Contact details of local snake catchers can be obtained through the Yellow Pages or via the internet.
Snakes are protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and it is an offence to kill, injure or take snakes from the wild.
Snakes play an important role in maintaining the natural environment. Along with other reptiles, they make up a significant proportion of the middle-order predators that keep natural ecosystems working. Without them, the numbers of prey species would increase to unnatural levels and the predators that eat snakes would struggle to find food.
Snakes usually prefer to retreat when encountered but, if they feel threatened, they can become defensive. Most snake bites are received by people who try to capture or kill a snake.
If you encounter a snake, don't panic. Back away to a safe distance and allow the snake to move away. Snakes often want to escape when disturbed.
When left alone, snakes present little or no danger to people.
Snakes and your home
If there is a chance that a snake could find its way into your home, you should keep the number of a licensed snake catcher on hand. You can obtain the details of a local snake catcher by searching the phone directory or by contacting the department hotline. A recorded message will provide you with advice and phone numbers for snake catchers in your area.
Snake catchers will relocate the snake to a safe place. It is important to remember that snakes are an important part of the environment and a relocated snake may be replaced by another living nearby. The best approach is to snake-proof your house.
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