Knowing what to do in the first few moments after a snake bite could save a life.
The Central Queensland summer can be an ideal time to enjoy the great outdoors but it is also when snakes and other venomous animals are active and knowing how to avoid disturbing them, or what actions to take in the event of a bite or sting, may save your life or that of a family member, friend or co-worker.
The free Things that Bite and Sting community awareness session at the Emerald Hall on 12 February will provide this information and much more.
Presented by herpetologist and expert snake handler Julian Craig, the three-hour session will provide potential life-saving information such as avoidance of venomous animals, first aid for bites and stings, fear of snakes, and what to do when encountering snakes.
The session will also include a snake behaviour demonstration and, for those brave enough, the opportunity to handle a non-venomous snake.
Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Kerry Hayes said it was important that people take the potential dangers posed by venomous animals seriously and encouraged residents to learn more about dealing with the creatures at the information session.
‘There are many things to enjoy about getting outdoors in the Central Highlands region, but we must be aware that we share that space with wild fauna,’ Mayor Hayes said.
‘Julian Craig is very experienced at what he does and the information he has to share about venomous animals, their effects on humans, the first aid measures needed to save lives after venomous bites and stings, and how best to avoid these animals could keep you or a loved one alive.’
The Things that Bite and Sting session will be conducted from 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm and all are welcome to attend.
Things that bite and sting – Community awareness session, 12 February 2019, 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm, Emerald Town Hall