STIRLING State Emergency Services members got up close and personal with some of the world’s deadliest reptiles last week as part of a training exercise.
Outback survival and safety expert Bob Cooper brought a dugite, tiger snake and king brown snake to teach about 25 members techniques to interact with snakes.
SES training manager Jude Gliddon said the crew spent a lot of time searching in the bush and snakes were more active in the warmer months.
“Snakes are starting to come out of hibernation, looking for food,” she said.
Dr Gliddon said snakes attacked when frightened or feeling cornered and members were taught a gliding movement, rather than to make short and sharp movements.
She said they were shown to move away after a snake’s first strike.
“Snakes have muscles that fill venom sacks, the first strike is safe 90 per cent of the time and activates the muscles that fill the venom sacs,” she said.
Members were also shown best practice for treating snake bites.
Stirling SES carry out searches locally and take part in larger incidents and recent call-outs include Carine Open Space, Maylands foreshore and Pinnaroo Cemetery.
If you are interested in joining, call 0439 951 470.