Snake Catching & Relocation
Spotted a snake or lizard in your yard? Do NOT panic – Nadia is a qualified snake catcher and can safely relocate it for you!
All wild snakes – whether venomous or non-venomous, are more afraid of us than we are of them!
Nadia’s contact number is 0404 264 582.
At each Radicool Reptiles experience, we provide handouts detailing basic snakebite first aid, myths vs. facts and prevention tips. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.
If you encounter a snake or lizard on your property and would like it relocated, make sure you keep an eye on its location. Keeping nice and still, and remaining as calm as possible is the best possible response.
Keep children and pets away from the general location before calling a licensed handler. Keeping an eye on the animal (from a safe distance) can help us to locate it when we arrive.
THE 3 S’S
THREE SIMPLE STEPS TO REMEMBER IF YOU SEE A SNAKE:
STOP WHERE YOU ARE
STAY CALM AND STILL
These three simple steps will notify others close to you that there is a snake in that area allowing them to keep a safe distance.
Given the opportunity, the snake will leave on its own. DO NOT PANIC OR MAKE SUDDEN MOVEMENTS. Snakes react to movement and vibrations (through the ground).
If the snake is in a residential area, call a Snake Catcher immediately and we will come and safely remove it. Never try to catch, kill or corner a snake as this is how people get bitten!
+ FIRST AID for Australian snake bite
IMMOBILISATION/PRESSURE BANDAGE TECHNIQUE
+ Ensure the patient or anyone else is no longer at risk.
+ Keep the patient still.
– Do not move the bitten limb.
– Stay calm and reassure the patient.
+ FIRST AID MUST COMMENCE IMMEDIATELY.
+ Monitor airway, breathing and circulation at all times.
+ Do not interfere with the bite site in anyway.
– NEVER WASH, SUCK OR CUT THE BITE SITE!
+ Remove jewellery from bitten limb.
– Do not remove clothing from bitten limb as this may result in movement.
+ Apply one or more heavy weight crepe bandages with even pressure.
– If no bandages are available, any clothing or fabric can be used.
– Start at bite site and bandage the whole length of the limb using the same pressure as a sprained wrist or ankle.
+ Be careful not to bandage too loosely.
+ Leave tips of fingers or toes exposed.
+ Mark bite site on bandage and approximate bite time.
+ Immobilise limb with splint, or improvise as necessary.
– DO NOT REMOVE THE BANDAGE.
+ CALL 000 FOR EMERGENCY.
– 112 from mobiles.
– Royal Flying Doctors Service in remote areas.
+ Patient must remain still.
– Injected venom is mainly distributed by the body’s lymphatic system, which is heavily influenced by patient movement.