Watch out for wildlife in flood-affected areas

Issued: 1 Mar 2022

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is urging residents in flood-affected areas to watch out for wildlife while cleaning up after the recent South East Queensland Rainfall and Flooding event.

Due to recent river and flash flooding across parts of Queensland, wild animals, including snakes and goannas, may have been displaced or injured by flood waters or may be found in unusual places while seeking shelter from the heavy rain.

Members of the public are urged to be careful while clearing out impacted homes, garages and sheds as wildlife, spiders and insects could be hiding in these areas.

While cleaning up, residents should wear enclosed footwear, gloves and suitable clothing and thoroughly check under furniture or other objects where wildlife could be concealed.

If a snake or other wildlife is found in a home or on a private property, members of the public can contact a local contractor to remove it safely.

Snakes are protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and it is an offence to kill, injure or take them from the wild.

If members of the public discover sick injured or orphaned wildlife which are not dangerous, they can contact 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625) for advice, or to have the animal rescued.

Residents are also reminded steer clear of entering flood waters, as wildlife including snakes, and animal carcasses, can be found in flooded water systems and drains, as well as other contaminants and debris.