Snakes - Summer Favourites

Snakes might seem pretty scary, but did you know they play an essential role in our ecosystems?

It’s summer in Australia and the sun is out, which means snakes are too. This is a scary thought for some, but are these cold-blooded creatures really as menacing as they seem?

To find out, we’re revisiting one of our favourite episodes, The Future of Snakes. 

In this episode, host Amelia Searson is joined by Australian snake wrangler, researcher and wildlife ecologist Damian Lettoof. Together, they unpack the important role snakes play in ecosystems and whether they deserve their fearsome reputation. 

  • Why we need snakes in some environments [00:57]
  • Catching them alive – how Damian collects snake data [07:56]
  • Reducing our impact on wetlands and snake habitats [11:03]
  • Damian’s experience handling 500 tiger snakes [13:24]
  • How to not get bitten [19:38]
  • Damian’s top two snake stories [22:14]
  • How research is impacting the future of snakes [30:38]

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