Are you scared of venomous snakes? If you get close enough to identify the shape of their belly scales (as they strike), your fears may be rest assured!
All venomous snakes from the family Elapidae or Elapids have elongated scales on their underside. Species belonging to the Elapidae family include the common eastern brown snake (the second most venomous snake in the world – though its toxins vary in effect between species), the inland Taipan (the MOST venomous snake in the world – though it has only killed one person as it is very shy and non-aggressive), the black snake, the copperhead snake and the tiger snake – all the nasties!
These snakes are beautiful creatures (to some, like myself), and they are protected fauna under the National Parks and Wildlife Act. I urge people to not kill these snakes when they see one in their back yard. Snake enthusiasts from WIRES or Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Service are more than happy to collect and relocate snakes from your back yard if they can be contained by either placing a box on top of them, or if you know where they are.
If you are worried about other reptiles being in your yard (perhaps you are worried about the safely of your children, pets or the reptiles) a handy tip is to either leave a lawn mower on or a loud radio. The reptiles should move away from the vibrations, either into nearby bushland areas – or become somebody else’s problem!
Flora & Fauna species are protected by the law under Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (1979), the Threatened Species Conservation Act (1995) and the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999).
Envirotech – Environmental Consultants Sydney conducts flora and fauna assessment on ecological communities to give recommendations & mitigate the impact brought by the development occurring in the area. Our finalised reports are submitted to Council to support the development application. To know more about Flora and Fauna Assessment, call us on 1300 888 324.