National Incursion Response Plan for Terrestrial Snakes

This Plan should be used by Incursion Response Specialists and professional snake handlers only.

This plan provides basic information and procedures that can be used to respond to terrestrial snake incursions in Australia.

It is designed to be used as a reference resource for the preparation of species, and region/area specific emergency response plans should a terrestrial snake incursion occur.

“This Plan is an important tool to enable governments to be prepared to respond to an incursion from new invasive snake species”

Bruce M Christie, Chair of the Invasive Plants and Animals Committee

Information and techniques in this plan cannot cover all species; as a result, the plan focuses on five of the 17 Families (Boidae, Pythonidae, Colubridae, Elapidae, and Viperidae).

The selection of Families and genera included in this plan is representative of species that have, or may enter Australia
and is based on their impact, risk of incursion and establishment, and prevalence in the international and Australian wildlife trade. Species held in zoos or wildlife parks under permit are also included.

This plan was initially modelled on Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) Pre-Incursion Plans for boas and pythons, and vipers

Featured image taken by Flávio Eiró (used under CC)

Secondary title National Incursion Response Plan - Terrestrial Snakes
Author M.T. Christy
Year 2016

Download file: National Incursion Response Plan - Terrestrial Snakes [ 1 mb PDF ]


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Secondary Author Endorsed by the Invasive Animals and Plant Committee (IPAC)