Snakes

Ashmore Reef: Researchers find no sea snakes

Sea snakes, once numerous at Ashmore Reef, appear to have disappeared entirely now.

A recent WA Museum survey found none at all.

However they found three species at the shoals closer to the mainland, which had never been surveyed for snakes before.

Science Network WA [read this story]

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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 Environment Comments Off

Ashmore Reef: Seasnake numbers well down

Scientists surveying sea snakes at Ashmore Reef say some species have disappeared.

This occurred well before the Montara oil spill disaster of 2009.

A sea snake expert described it as one of the most marked declines of a large marine vertebrate ever recorded.

Science Network [read this story]

This story also appeared in The West Australian last Wednesday.

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Saturday, November 9th, 2013 Environment Comments Off

More snakes in houses

Wildlife officers are reporting more callouts to remove snakes from houses.

Photo: Allen McCloud

Photo: Allen McCloud

An officer told the ABC the snakes are hunting mice and frogs as they prepare to hibernate over winter.

ABC [read this story]

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 Environment Comments Off

Derby: Man ‘brings snake’ into Centrelink office

Police say a man dropped a snake onto a desk at Derby Centrelink office to scare staff.

The 26-year-old was believed to be annoyed with staff during a visit a short time beforehand.

He is due to face the Derby Magistrate today.

ABC [read this story]

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 Derby, Police and courts Comments Off

Death adders cause permanent damage

New research shows death adder bites can cause permanent damage to the human nervous system.

Photo by Doug Beckers, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license

Photo by Doug Beckers, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license

Medical researchers say neurotoxic effects occur even when antivenom injections are given quickly.

Science Network [read this story]

You can read more about neurotoxicity if you click here.

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 Environment Comments Off

Bear Grylls ‘all scripted’

A survival expert who worked on Bear Grylls TV adventure series said his Kimberley stunts were carefully crafted.

He gave the example of Grylls apparently catching, killing and eating a snake.

“But it was actually two snakes:  a roadkill that I found which he (was shown beating) on the head and eating, and then a live olive python that a wildlife carer had been rehabilitating,” he said.

Herald Sun [read this story]

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Sunday, September 4th, 2011 Environment, Kununurra Comments Off

Halls Creek: Fine for keeping snakes

Black-headed python - photo Wikimedia

Black-headed python - photo Wikimedia

A Halls Creek man copped an $800 fine for keeping three black-headed pythons without a license.

You can read a statement from the Department of Environment and Conservation here:

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Sunday, April 10th, 2011 Halls Creek, Police and courts 116 Comments

Smugglers taking Kimberley reptiles

Wildlife smugglers are illegally taking Kimberley reptiles for a black market pet trade in eastern Australia.

The Department of Environment and Conservation says the thieves can wipe out local populations of certain snakes and lizards.

Kimberley Echo [read this story]

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Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 Environment, Police and courts Comments Off
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