Safe snake tales

IGS briefly became home to the world's deadliest snake this week

Year 1 and Year 7 students were thrilled to meet George the python and learn about many Australian snakes and reptiles.

International-renowned snake specialist Bob Withey of Australian Reptile Displays kept the students enthralled with facts about Australian snakes, including one of the world’s deadliest snakes, the newly discovered Fierce Snake of Australia’s the Western Desert, which came to IGS in a glass box for students to view.

While one bite from the Fierce Snake would kill 1,000 people or 10 elephants, Bob said, he described George, an olive python, as a gentle giant.

While the Fierce Snake stayed safely in its glass box, next to boxes containing other deadly Australian snakes, students had the opportunity to gently touch George, who, at more than three metres in length, is still considered a baby and is expected to grow twice the size and weigh up to 80 kilograms.

Students said George, the olive python felt “surprisingly dry, rather than slimy”.

Bob explained that snakes are blind, deaf and legless and that most snake bites occurred only when people were trying to kill them, as snakes reacted to movement.