The Riverine Rovers, who look after the Silvermine Wetlands, recently held a snake education morning for the Working for Water team that works here, and for the River Monitors of the Wetlands and the Sun Valley Eco Watch.

 

The information session was lead by Grant Smith of the Cape Snake Conservation Group and was well received, although not everyone was confident enough to touch a snake.  Great interest was shown and, we hope, a greater awareness of the snakes we get down here.  The river folk should now be able to recognise some of the more common snakes and be able to tell any member of the public who also see one what they saw.

 

Making acquaintance with an exotic snake at the Riverine Rovers Snake Education morning. Photo: Evanne Rothwell

Making acquaintance with an exotic snake at the Riverine Rovers Snake Education morning. Photo: Evanne Rothwell

The snakes we were shown were:  mole snake, olive house snake, aurora house snake, egg eater snake (all harmless); cape cobra, boomslang, puff adder and rinkhals.

 

Introducing an egg-eater at the Silvermine Wetlands Riverine Rovers' snake education morning. Photo: Evanne Rothwell

Introducing an egg-eater at the Silvermine Wetlands Riverine Rovers’ snake education morning. Photo: Evanne Rothwell

An Egg-eater - at the Silvermine Wetlands Riverine Rovers' snake education morning. Photo: Evanne Rothwell

An Egg-eater – at the Silvermine Wetlands Riverine Rovers’ snake education morning. Photo: Evanne Rothwell

 

Cape Cobra at the Silvermine Wetlands Riverine Rovers' snake education morning. Photo: Evanne Rothwell

Cape Cobra at the Silvermine Wetlands Riverine Rovers’ snake education morning. Photo: Evanne Rothwell

Introducing the olive house snake - at the snake education morning hosted by the Riverine Rovers of the Silvermine Wetlands. Photo: Evanne Rothwell

Introducing the olive house snake – at the snake education morning hosted by the Riverine Rovers of the Silvermine Wetlands. Photo: Evanne Rothwell

Grant Smith with a Mole snake at the snake education morning with the Riverine Rovers of Silvermine Wetlands: Photo: Evanne Rothwell

Grant Smith with a Mole snake at the snake education morning with the Riverine Rovers of Silvermine Wetlands: Photo: Evanne Rothwell

Keeping a puff-adder at arm's length, Photo: Evanne Rothwell of Riverine Rovers, Silvermine Wetlands

Keeping a puff-adder at arm’s length, Photo: Evanne Rothwell of Riverine Rovers, Silvermine Wetlands

 Evanne Rothwell