Snakes alive in Lismore

River (left) and Storm Visser from Alstonville get up close and personal with Joanna the Goanna and Allan Burnett from Reptile Awareness Displays of Australia.

If you havent had a close encounter with a snake yet this summer, get along to Lismore Shopping Square and ogle one safe in the knowledge that an expert snake handler is nearby.

Allan Burnett from Reptile Awareness Displays of Australia is presenting his informative reptile shows every day this week at the Square and this snake man really knows his stuff.

Allans fascination with snakes and reptiles goes back 20 years and, combined with his medical background, his objective is to educate the community and reduce the number of snake bites in Australia.

There are more venomous snakes in Australia than anywhere else in the world so it makes sense to know about them and know how to avoid being bitten by one, said Allan, as a deadly brown snake curled around his feet.

The brown snake is the second most venomous snake in Australia and a regular face in the Northern Rivers area. It is also responsible for several deaths every year unnecessary deaths as far as Allan is concerned.

A big part of Allans show is clear and simple information about snake awareness and first-aid that will literally save a persons life. You can also pat a goanna and get up close and personal with the friendlier species of snakes, such as the diamond python.

The reptile show will be held at Lismore Shopping Square daily at 10am, 12 noon and 2pm through to this Saturday, January 13.

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