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MORANGUP... DEADLY SNAKES ARE HERE IN ABUNDANCE.

'Assume they will kill you'


Snake warning: Warm days bring Western Australian reptiles out of hibernation. There has been an increase in sightings of Deadly Western Brown Snakes AKA Gwardar throughout the Midwest and Morangup in the Shire of Toodyay.


Do you suspect someone been bitten? PHONE 000 immediately if in doubt 
(DO NOT WAIT... YOU MUST ASSUME THAT ALL SNAKE BITES IN MORANGUP ARE LETHAL)


Warm weather has experts warning us to be on alert for venomous snakes.

November is peak season as the weather warms up and the reptiles wake up - and begin searching for food, water and mates.


The name Gwardar is a word meaning "go the long way around" in Aboriginal language. This may be regarded as the best advice for people who come across the Snake - AVOID IT, note it's last location, call a snake handler who's trained in Western Brown Snakes, Keep cats and dogs from tormenting the snake.

Keep lawns and scrub around your home mowed and clear of any refuse or piles of leave and or sticks.
BUY SNAKE DETERRENTS AND PLACE THEM NEAR YOUR DOORWAYS AND ENTRANCES. KEEP DOORS CLOSED WHEN NOT IN USE.

The western brown snake (Pseudonaja nuchalis) AKA 'GWARDAR' is a highly venomous species of brown snake common throughout Western Australia. Its venom contains powerful neurotoxins, nephrotoxins and a procoagulant, although humans are not usually affected by the neurotoxins.The bite is usually painless and difficult to see due to their small fangs. Human symptoms of a Western Brown snake bite are headache, nausea/vomiting, abdominal pain, severe coagulopathy and sometimes, kidney damage.The LD50 in mice is 0.47 mg/kg and the average venom yield per bite is 18 mg (dry weight of milked venom) according to Meier and White (1995). The western brown snake can cause rapid death in humans by cardiac arrest, renal failure, or cerebral hemorrhage. The envenomation rate is 20-40% and the untreated mortality rate is 10-20%
Photo by Brian Gordon Bush




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