Australia is currently experiencing one of its warmest winters ever recorded, prompting a critical alert from the Australian Reptile Park. This unusual warmth has caused venomous snakes to emerge early due to rising global temperatures and increased winter rainfall, disrupting their typical winter hibernation. This has led to a surge in snake-related incidents. The Australian Reptile Park emphasizes that snakes do not intentionally harm humans, with most snakebites occurring when people attempt to capture or kill them. Australians are urged to refrain from such actions and educate themselves on snakebite responses, which can become life-threatening within 30 minutes. Recommendations include keeping bite victims calm, removing jewelry and watches, bandaging the entire limb, and clearing yards of materials like stacked firewood, which can create ideal snake habitats.

As global temperatures continue to increase due to the ongoing use of fossil fuels, Australia’s winters are gradually becoming warmer. Recent data from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology reveals that last month was New South Wales’ fourth warmest July on record, with temperatures nearly 1.2 degrees Celsius above the seasonal average nationwide. Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, which experienced its hottest June on record this year, rising temperatures are impacting the country’s pet snake population. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has reported a rise in pet snakes escaping from their enclosures due to the warming climate.