Reptile Rescue, Tasmania, Australia

For all Tasmanian snake related emergencies, please phone (03) 61651400 and maintain visual contact with the snake but do not approach.
Ensure children and pets are kept well clear until the field operative arrives and follow his or her instructions.

In the event of snakebite, immediately apply a pressure immobilisation bandage to the bitten limb and call 000. Monitor the patient and apply CPR and treat for shock if or where appropriate.

About Reptile Rescue

Founded in 1999, Reptile Rescue is an incorporated charity that coordinates the relocation of errant snakes throughout Tasmania.The organization is manned by volunteers and is reliant on charitable donations and private funding to maintain service to the community.

The Executive is made up of eleven individuals with an interest in animal welfare. These positions are honorary and by invitation only.

Field operatives are trained and register as contractors with Reptile Rescue. The operatives are responsible for their own equipment and transport.

Reptile Rescue coordinates the safe removal of snakes between client and a field operative. After the initial contact the operative deals directly with the client. All callout operatives are trained to safely manage venomous snakes, including snakebite first aid.

Field operatives are required to respond to calls regardless of whether or not the client chooses to pay. This is conditional on all Reptile Rescue field operatives prior to listing on the callout register.

Council and Park Rangers attend calls at no cost to the community. Private operatives request a $50 donation per call to cover out of pocket expenses. Reptile Rescue receives no fees for service.

The organisation runs training seminars for phobic individuals and new recruits. The course is certified and run by Adult Education in Tasmania, as well as by Reptile Rescue.