Brown snake found lurking near children at school
IN TWO days Toowoomba snake catcher Dave Wiedman removed two venomous snakes from the region's schools.
A spotted black snake was found at Bunkers Hill State School and a fast hatchling eastern brown was found at Grantham State School.
In both situations it was the quick thinking of teachers that stopped any students being bitten.
After removing all children from the situation, the teachers phoned Mr Weidman straight away and kept an eye on the snake.
"If a snake is spotted at a school, its important to keep all kids away, phone me and don't let it out of your sight" he said.
"At Grantham the snake had moved from the playground and was heading under the building when I arrived. Once it goes under a building they are nearly impossible to catch."
Mr Wiedman said although it was getting cooler, he encouraged people to continue to keep an eye out for snakes.
"A lot of people think snakes go into hibernation in the winter but they don't, they go into brumation which means they are less active.
"They still like lay out in the warm sun.
"If anyone does see a snake don't try and be a hero and catch it because that is when you'll get bitten."
Mr Wiedman also runs snake demonstrations at schools, to show students and teachers what to do if they see a snake or get bitten by one.
"All schools need to know what to do in that situation. We live in Australia, home of the most venomous snakes in the world and having bush schools around the area, it's important to raise awareness."
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