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Understanding Snake Behaviour: What Should Be The Proper Approach in Different Situations?

Blog | November 17th, 2016

Of all the creatures that fly, run, walk, and slither, snakes are considered one of the most mysterious and misunderstood, this is mainly due to a misguided fear of being bitten by one. There are thousands of species of snakes found all over the planet, but less than 20% of these are venomous. Also, considering that many people have never seen a snake outside of a glass cage, the odds of someone being bitten by a venomous snake is very low.

However, there is still the chance of unexpectedly coming face-to-face with a snake in some situations, and when then happens, it can help if you know what to do?

Be Prepared During Snake Encounters by Understanding Snake Behaviour

Coming across a snake for the first time often shocks people, as the first thing that comes to mind is obvious; is it a venomous or non-venomous snake? Although there are a few ways to determine this, the easiest way to tell if a snake is venomous is the shape of its head. Rounded head snakes are typically non-venomous, and snakes with a diamond-shaped head are venomous. However, whether it is venomous or not, the first thing to do when you encounter a snake is to stay calm and ‘don’t’ panic.

Snakes that come into contact with humans are just as afraid as most people would be, and they will move away if given enough room. So, by staying calm and simply backing away from a snake, that will cause it to leave. Never try to kill a snake because it will defend itself, or it may think it’s being attack when people panic, scream, jump up and down, or move quickly.

Basically, snakes ‘may’ bite if they think they are being attacked, so, if you encounter a snake in or around your home, you should definitely contact a snake removal service. The truth is that not all snakes bite, and very few snakes are venomous. However, the best way to prepare for a snake encounter is to understand snake behaviour, this is especially true for the benefit of children.

Black Snake Productions offers a snake safety seminar that is ideal for school children because it is educational, interactive and hands-on. Children and adults are taught about snake behaviour, and, they can touch and hold them. In promoting wildlife conservation through interactive education, Black Snake Productions hopes to remove the unnecessary fear of snakes by helping people to understand their behaviour.

You are invited to contact Black Snake Products to inquire about scheduling a snake safety seminar, or to learn more about wildlife conservation and how you can help preserve and protect Australia’s native animals.