Wildlife Encounters

Kallangur and its surrounding suburbs are blessed with plenty of bushland, abundant with wildlife. It can be a common occurrence to encounter various wildlife, such water dragons and other lizards, koalas, turtles, possums, bats, as well as a variety of birds, insects, spiders and snakes, to name a few.

Unfortunately, it is also home to paralysis ticks, so it is important to keep your pets tick prevention up to date. Generally, most animals will keep away from you, unless threatened. If you encounter wildlife, admire from afar and don’t interfere with them in their natural habitat, as some animals defend themselves fiercely. Some also carry diseases, which can be passed on through contact and scratches/bites.

Koalas

Koalas can often be spotted high in the trees, but occasionally these cute marsupials can be seen crossing backyards, bushlands, fields, roads and other areas to find food and mates. Unfortunately, this can lead to koalas being hit by cars and attacked by dogs. Koala deaths continue to rise, as their habitat is increasingly cleared for development. If you see a koala, admire from afar and keep dogs away. Do not approach koalas. If you see a koala, healthy or otherwise, contact your local koala rescue group.

Snakes

Snakes should never be picked up or relocated by a person without the appropriate insurance, permits and experience. Snakes are commonly misidentified, which is another reason why it is best to leave it to the professionals. If a snake is encountered, remain calm, and back away slowly. If the snake is in your backyard, retreat indoors with children and pets, with all doors closed, and allow the snake to move on. If the snake is venomous or is causing distress, call a local licensed snake catcher to relocate it. The killing of snakes is illegal in Australia, unless they threaten life. Keep pets away from any snake. Snake bite wounds can be difficult to see, and may not be apparent until symptoms are displayed.

If your pet is vomiting, salivating, lethargic or collapsing, it is crucial they are taken to nearest emergency vet as soon as possible.

Bats

Over the years, Wellpets have had some microbats handed into the clinic. It is important to note that bats can be infected with Australian Bat Lyssavirus, which can be transmitted to humans via the infected bats saliva coming into contact with mucus membranes, broken skin or through bat bites or scratches. It causes a rabies like disease that is usually fatal. For this reason, only those who are trained and vaccinated should handles bats. No domestic animals in Australia have ever been found to be infected by this disease, however if your pet is unwell after interacting with a bat, seek veterinary advice immediately.

Injured Wildlife Australia is home to a lot of different wildlife, some friendly and some not so much. It is important to leave all wildlife alone. If injured wildlife is encountered, only take the animal to the vet if it is safe for you to do so. Otherwise, call a wildlife professional to assist.

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