A Visit From Some Deadly Australians
Date: March 3, 2017 Posted by: Clare Cartmill
Australia is home to the world’s most venomous creatures. They can be found in a variety of habitats ranging from inner city (Funnel Web), central Australia (Western Taipan) to our pristine Northern Beaches (Box Jelly fish). Australia has some 400 venomous creatures of which 60 are capable of causing death. The “Deadly Australians” is a public awareness programme, educating Australian children about the dangers of the venomous wildlife that inhabit our suburban backyards, bush, beaches and sea. On Tuesday 28th February we had a visit from Marc Dorse who spoke to us about many of these creatures, and the role they play in contributing to and conserving our environment. He used both live and preserved exhibits with extensive use of visual aids … posters, maps etc. Marc also imparted interesting facts, curious habits and little secrets of these creatures ensuring that learning were fun and easy.
“Prevention is better than cure” though, which is why learning about the habitats of our dangerous wildlife and ways of avoiding accidental contact is so important, particularly for children. Students were taught how to avoid bites and stings and if bitten, First Aid was demonstrated. At the end of the talk Marc brought out his pet Carpet Python to allow the students to have a pat.