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Blackbutt State School Snake Policy

​A bown snake
In these warmer months there is an increased risk that snakes will be around.
Snakes come out of hibernation during the warmer months and in urban areas will inevitably move into, or near places where people live and work in search of food or a mate. 
Snakes may have found quiet shelter at your workplace whilst the site has been vacant over weekends or holiday breaks. Cool, dark protected areas such as under buildings and near sheds, around rubble and stored materials, and in long grass are typical areas that snakes may be found. As with all Australian native animals, snakes are protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and cannot lawfully be killed or taken from the wild and held in captivity.
It can often be difficult to tell the difference between a venomous and non-venomous snake therefore people are wise to call for professional help as snake bites can easily occur if inexperienced people interfere with snakes.
Snakes are not usually aggressive and do not seek confrontation with humans but may retaliate if provoked. The important thing to remember is to never attempt to catch or kill a snake – most snake bites occur when people are trying to do this. It is not necessary to try and identify the type of snake as if a person is bitten, physicians may be able to identify the type of snake from residual venom on the skin. Also, for many Australian snakes, a polyvalent anti venom (anti venom that is effective for multiple species of snake) is often sufficient for treatment of snake bites.
I would ask all parents and carers to talk about our Snake Policy below with their child/ren:
Snake Policy at Blackbutt State School
If a snake is seen or reported on or near any locations at Blackbutt State School:
1. We note the location of the snake and ensure that this area is isolated until the snake is removed.
2. We remove all staff and students from the immediate area or evacuate the room until snake is removed.
3.  We DO NOT approach, attack or otherwise provoke the snake. WE REMEMBER - IF PROVOKED IT MAY STRIKE.
4. We contact our local snake catcher or we contact the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service on 1300 130 372 and follow the prompts if you have a snake on campus that you would like to have removed.
Prevention
1. We try to minimise the food sources for snakes by removing anything that may attract rodents or frogs.
2. We reeduce rubbish/materials where a snake could shelter.
3. During high risk times or after holiday breaks, we remind staff and students of the increased risk of the presence of snakes.
4. We wear gloves and boots when moving stored materials and rubbish - they will give some protection.
5. We ensure that we have an increased awareness of snakes as this is the best protection. We tell staff and childrent “The snake will not be looking for you, so be alert and on the lookout for snakes.”