Dugite filmed tucking into bobtail near Margaret River
Video of a dugite tucking into a big bobtail lizard in the South West is a timely reminder snakes are becoming more active as the weather warms up.
Shane Guthrie stumbled upon this scene last weekend while heading out to Joeys Nose near Margaret River for lunch with his family.
“Most of the way down the track we came across this guy trying to have his lunch,” he said.
“Quite often see snakes on this part of the track but have never seen one having a feed, let alone trying to eat a bobtail.
“We watched for a few minutes and then thought we would leave nature do its thing.”
Guthrie said it was hard to tell how long the snake was, but the bobtail was fully-grown.
Margaret River-based volunteer reptile remover Becca Bolton said call outs to find snakes on property had picked up in the past two weeks.
“So far this season they have been relatively easy ones, just in a garage, in a shed, in people’s gardens,” she said.
“I haven’t had any so far in houses, that tends to be when the weather is a little bit warmer.”
Ms Bolton said it was okay for people to watch snakes from a distance, but no attempt should be made to interact with them.
“If a snake is eating it is concentrating on eating, it is not necessarily as aware of its surroundings at the time,” she said.
“Snakes are only dangerous when you choose to engage or interact with them.
“Dugites in particular are very nervous and flighty, so give them a chance to leave if you come across one.”
Dugites are one of the most venomous snakes in Australia and on average reach about 1.5m in length.
They are commonly found in the South West of WA and South Australia.
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