There are over 200 snake species in Australia, and over half of these are venomous. That’s why Macmahon regularly runs a snake-handling course for our staff to learn how to navigate an encounter.
We invited Ranger Dan from Hands on Wildlife in Townsville to our Byerwen mine. He specialises in snake handling and relocation. We get the lowdown on the snakes in the areas we operate and learn how to identify them.
Eastern Browns, for example, are commonly found in Queensland. These guys are poisonous and are usually a shade of brown but can also be grey or black, with a cream belly and pink or orange spots.