|WHAT SHOULD I DO IF SEE A SNAKE?|
Don't panic. Stop moving, snakes have poor eyesight and when you stop moving you basically disappear and you avoid the risk of startling the snake.
Slowly move away from the snake. Don't run because you make scare the snake or you may trip over and fall.
If the snake is outside, leave it alone and it should move away on its own shortly. It is important to remember that most people are bitten trying to catch or kill a snake.
If the snake is inside your house, or if you are very worried about the snake call an expert to remove and relocate the snake.
Hands on Wildlife is permitted to remove and relocate snakes.
HANDS ON WILDLIFE PROVIDES THIS SERVICE FREE OF CHARGE, HOWEVER WE DO ASK FOR A FUEL DONATION IF POSSIBLE TO HELP WITH TRANSPORT COSTS.
We are currently developing a gallery of images of commonly seen snakes in Townsville. It can difficult to identify snakes by colour and pattern alone, so it is best to treat all snakes as venomous and give them lots of space.
DID YOU KNOW?
Snakes are natural pest controllers.
One Average Coastal Taipan can eat
about 88 rats per year!
Think about how many rats we
would have if we had no snakes.
|WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE A POSSUM IN MY HOUSE?|
Even though they are very cute, brushtailed possums can sometimes become unwanted house guests here in North Queensland. There are strict quidelines on how possums can be managed. To find out more about living with brushtailed possums please visit this website: http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/wildlife-ecosystems/wildlife/living_with_wildlife/brushtail_possums.html
Hands on Wildlife is permitted to remove possums which are trapped inside a house in a roof or wall space. We will not remove possums from yards or verandahs. To make living with possums more enjoyable do not feed them, make sure there are no holes in the roof or walls (especially under the floors in old Queenslanders), install a nest box in a tall tree in the backyard to encourage them to live further away from the house. Also help keep our possums safe by keeping domestic pets like cats and dogs inside or kenneled at night, this will also keep your pets safe as well.
If you have a possum trapped in your house please call us at 0437 056 156. We do charge a removal fee for possums.
For sick and injured possums please call the North Queensland Wildlife Carers at 0414 717 374, they are able to handle emergancy care for these animals.
|FOR ALL OTHER WILDLIFE EMERGENCIES INCLUDING CAR STRIKES PLEASE CALL 0414 717 374 or THE NEAREST VET HOSPITAL|