Deadly Snakes Haunt Northern Beaches Sydney Playground
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By: Alex Harmon, ellaslist
Oh no! This is the stuff of nightmares. Snakes on a playground! We just heard the news that one of our favourite Sydney playgrounds (in our top 6 superslides of Sydney list) has been invaded by deadly snakes.
Visitors to the Warriewood Valley Rocket Park in the northen beaches of Sydney have spotted up to 20 of the snakes in recent weeks.
Warriewood mother Stacey Mitchell, who has a five-year-old and a nine-month-old, said she feels she can't take her children there because of the fear they might get bitten.
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“It's more of a fear now,” she said. “You don’t mind seeing one in their natural habitat but when you start seeing more and more ... you start to get worried,” she told Daily Telegraph.
Diamond pythons, eastern brown snakes and red-bellied black snakes were among the spotted species.
Mrs Mitchell urged Northern Beaches Council to take action this summer, including putting up warnings and signage around the playground.
Taronga Zoo reptile keeper Josh Hatton said the playgrounds's proximity to the wetlands, the warmer weather and the recent breeding season for snakes would have created the influx.
If you see a snake phone the council, 1300 434 434; WIRES, 1300 094 737; or Sydney Wildlife, 9413 4300