Two Wells, Lewiston & Districts Landcare Group By Mark Webb
Now that summer is here, please be mindful of snakes and lizards within your property.
According to statistics, 97 per cent of human snakebite cases are due to people trying to interfere with the snake.
So if you happen to see one, don’t try and catch it, because you may end up being one of those 97 per cent.
Do your family a favour and get a professional.
Think of it this way…if you are successful in catching a snake, the people around you, especially children, will believe, they can catch a snake just like you, but they may not be so lucky.
Our young people learn from the adults around them, don’t teach them to catch snakes.
Snakes play a vital link within the natural ecology of our region, which means they are here for a reason.
That said, there are a number reasons why a snake will be on your property, the main reasons being food or shelter.
Limit these resources and the chances of a snake being on your property are greatly reduced.
Areas of shelter that come to mind are piles of materials such as old tyres, building materials, wood piles etc.
These areas attract a number of animal species that make up the snakes’ diet including mice and rats, both of which can spread diseases.
On another note, have you got the caltrop weed on your property, or have you seen infestations around the region?
Caltrop is a declared plant under the Natural Resources Management ACT 2004, and is one of the last weeds you want on your property or even within our regions.
Burrs injure feet of humans and stock, cause internal injuries if eaten, damage tyres, and contaminate wool and can cause nitrate poisoning if grazed by sheep.
Summer rains are just what this plant needs to germinate and the seed can stay dormant within the soil for years.
If you have this plant on your property or you need advice on how to eradicate this weed, contact the Natural Resources Management Board.
If have you seen large infestations of this weed around the region contact our council, and if you are able to identify the location of this plant, it would save a lot of time and resources for our council.