World Snake Day

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2023 Date16 July 2023
2024 Date16 July 2024

World Snake Day

World Snake Day is an international observance aimed at raising awareness about the significance of snakes in various ecosystems and their role as both predators and prey. This day also seeks to educate the public about these often misunderstood creatures and the conservation issues they face due to habitat loss, climate change, and human persecution. World Snake Day provides an opportunity to promote a better understanding of snake species, their behavior, and their indispensable contributions to maintaining the balance of our planet's biodiversity.

The origins of World Snake Day can be traced back to 1967 when it was first proposed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Australia is home to over 170 snake species, as this day holds particular importance. The country boasts a diverse array of both venomous and non-venomous snake species, many of which are endemic to the continent. Australians are encouraged to educate themselves about these creatures and the vital role they play in the ecosystem, as well as learn how to coexist safely with them.

World Snake Day serves as an opportunity for Australians to participate in various activities organised to celebrate these reptiles. These events may include educational talks, snake-handling demonstrations, and conservation efforts aimed at preserving their natural habitats. Such activities are crucial for fostering a greater appreciation and understanding of snakes among the Australian public, ultimately ensuring their continued existence as an important part of the country's rich biodiversity. World Snake Day is observed annually on July 16th, providing a timely reminder for Australians to respect and appreciate these remarkable creatures.

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World Snake Day facts

  • According to National Geographic, about 600 species of snake are venomous, and only about 200—seven percent—are able to kill or significantly wound a human
  • Snakes are capable of swallowing animals up to 75%-100% larger than their own heads.
  • There are more than 3,000 species of snakes on the planet and they’re found everywhere except in Antarctica, Iceland, Ireland, Greenland, and New Zealand
  • The Inland Taipan, found in Australia, is considered the most venomous snake in the world. Its venom is highly potent and can kill a human within an hour if left untreated.
  • In recent years, Australian venom researchers have discovered that snake venom may be a source of potential treatments for various medical conditions, including pain relief and cancer treatment.

Top things to do in Australia for World Snake Day

  • Learn more about the Advocates for Snake Preservation (ASP), a non-profit organization working to promote compassionate conservation and coexistence with snakes.
  • Read through several snake stories. You can learn more about their social behaviors and what to do should you encounter one.
  • Watch World's Deadliest Animals: Australia. The documentary looks at the various dangerous creatures found in Australia, such as snakes, spiders, and crocodiles.
  • Read a book to learn more about snakes and reptiles in Australia. Here are our recommendations:
    1. A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia by Steve Wilson and Gerry Swan
    2. Australian Snakes: Identification, Biology, and Distribution by Denis McCarthy
    3. Snakes of Australia: Dangerous and Harmless by Bill Branch

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