Farmers in flood-affected NSW rural communities are seeing more snakes and more animals are getting bitten as snakes flee the water and get closer to livestock.
Snake warning as reptiles flee NSW floods
More snakes are being spotted on farms as the reptiles flee the floodwaters affecting vast swathes of inland NSW.
It’s a double whammy for farmers after months of flooding that has isolated towns and torn apart rural roads – hampering vets’ efforts to treat livestock bitten by snakes.
NSW Farmers Rural Affairs Committee’s Sarah Thompson says the increase in snake sightings being reported is a worry.
“People with dogs who are going out to move stranded livestock are at a higher risk of being bitten,” she said on Wednesday.