Looking For A Warm Place To Snuggle Up …
During the colder months in the Hinterland the reptiles which are ectothermic (meaning needing to rely on surrounding temperatures to keep warm) will hide away to keep their bodies at optimum temperature. During this time, they are in a type of hibernation called Torpor which allows them to lower their metabolism and energy requirements, so they do not need to find as much food as in the active warmer months.
Some of our snakes will be out occasionally for a snack or to sun themselves. It is best to leave them be. They move slower during cool weather and may just be looking for a warm place to snuggle up for winter.
At this time, some of our local pythons might move into the roof space of homes which is a great way of keeping vermin under control. I usually have one in my roof and have never had a mouse or rat problem.
HOW CAN I HELP?
- If you see a reptile out in cold or wet weather for a long period, it maybe unwell or injured and need a check up
- Often our pets will come into contact with wildlife so if an animal has been in the mouth of a dog or cat or even if it is seen “playing” with it then it needs a Vet check.
- If you accidentally run over a reptile with your car, don’t assume because it moved away that it is OK. Reptiles can suffer multiple broken bones after a car hit and due to their slow metabolism, they will suffer and die slowly if not rescued.
- Please keep an eye on the injured animal and call a 24/7 Wildlife group such as Wildcare 5527 2444 or RSPCA 1300animal. They have reptile rescuers trained to rescue all reptiles including venomous snakes and Lace monitors (Goannas).
- Trained and licensed local snake catchers also do assist with sick or injured reptiles when they have time.