January 19, 2007, Newsletter Issue #187: Australian Snakes

Tip of the Week

Only around 10% of Australia´s snakes are really poisonous. There are about 140 species of snakes in Australia. The most poisonous land snake is the inland tiapan found in south-western Queensland and north-eastern South Australia. A very small amount of its venom is enough to kill a quarter of a million mice. Tiger snakes, death adders, copperheads, brown snakes, and red-bellied black snakes are all also highly venomous. They usually stay hidden. You should always wear boots, socks, and heavy weight pants when you´re going some place where there may be snakes. Never stick your hands down any holes. They will usually only try to bite in self-defense.

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