A MANDURAH fauna relocator has called a snake infested boardwalk at Seascapes an “ongoing” problem.
Alison Dixon said a child was bitten at a nearby park three weeks ago. Luckily, the child was bitten by a whip snake, which is venomous and painful, is not considered dangerous.
She is calling for the grating style on the boardwalk to be changed so the snakes cannot climb through or for council to remove the boardwalk completely.
Ms Dixon said the five dugites under the boardwalk were mating.
This isn’t the first time someone has been bitten in the area, last year the manager of the Seascapes IGA was bitten.
“They have a boardwalk that the developer put in there to aesthetically entice people to Seascapes,” Ms Dixon said.
“This is regardless of what jeopardy you’re putting residents in.
“It’s an ongoing problem, once the snakes get under there, I can’t remove them.
“I know people who are going there with compression bandages in their pockets.”
Ms Dixon said she had 18 phone calls in relation to the boardwalk at the weekend.
“The bins bring mice and the mice bring snakes,” she said.
She wants warning signs to be installed at snake hot spots in multiple languages.
“Australia is a multicultural country,” she said.
“The signage is insufficient.
“Sooner or later someone might litigate.”
Ms Dixon said 15 dogs have been killed by snakebites at Seascapes Beach in the past few years.
“Keep your dog on a leash,” she said.
The snakes at Seascapes are Western Browns and Dugites.
“Browns can range in colour from sea-green, to brown, to charcoal and black,” Ms Dixon said.
“Anyone involved in an altercation that leads to a bite should immediately go to the hospital.”
Today Ms Dixon caught a Western Brown at Frederick Irwin Primary School.
People who see snakes should not panic.
“I just need people to be aware,” Ms Dixon said.
“Whenever I’m at Seascapes I’m always speaking to people and teaching awareness.
“We can’t be ignorant or arrogant; we must open doors to knowledge and say this is what we are dealing with here.”
Ms Dixon said a lot of people still believe the antiquated idea that the only good snake is a dead snake.
“Snakes were here before us,” she said.
“They can’t eat us. They begin by hissing, if you persist there will be lunging, more hissing, then it’s on.
“A snake doesn’t have legs, it’s about defence.
“Snakes are like sharks in the water and we expect fauna to think like a human.”
Alison Dixon’s snake hot spots