Something to think about out on the course

Something to think about out on the course

With warmer conditions now upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to remind members of the increased potential activity of snakes around the golf course. Could I please ask members to take extreme care in penalty areas when searching for their, or other’s golf balls.

It was just the other day that I was having a conversation with member Lee Hamilton, a well-educated man, who provided some very interesting facts to me which I felt are very pertinent, considering we are approaching the summer months. Lee’s facts relate to Red Bellied Black Snakes (RBBS) and Lee has listed them in point form below –

* Breeding season sees snakes become more active.
* Breeding season is spring – mid-summer. During this time males will move up to 1200 metres in a day looking for Mrs RBBS!!
* A dangerously venomous species with strong haemotoxic and cytotoxic venom
* Live in well-watered areas. Can in-fact spend up to 23 minutes under water They will keep quiet in the bush rather than attack – tread with caution in shrubby areas
* Will strike and bite when confronted or cornered* If bitten, seek IMMEDIATE first aide and medical treatment* Voracious eaters….like devouring food like frogs, tadpoles & lizards. They do eat toads but with fatal consequences to the snake.

If you would like to learn more about RBBS, Lee has also provided the attached link for your convenience.