STRANGE ENCOUNTERS: Marc Dorse, from Deadly Australians, shows Addison Tucker, 3, and Charlie Glover, 4,  a blue-ringed octopus at Goodstart early learning, Kin Kora.
STRANGE ENCOUNTERS: Marc Dorse, from Deadly Australians, shows Addison Tucker, 3, and Charlie Glover, 4, a blue-ringed octopus at Goodstart early learning, Kin Kora. Mike Richards GLA190716REPT

Gladstone children immersed in world of deadly Australians

FROM redback spiders and blue-bottle jellyfish to brown snakes and turtles the youngsters at Goodstart Kin Kora kindergarten had a very hands-on day at the centre yesterday.

A visit from Deadly Australians’ Marc Dorse, a toxicologist and herpetologist, had the children up close and personal with a number of creepy crawlies.

Mr Dorse told the children where it would hurt if bitten by a venomous creature and demonstrated bandage wrapping to prevent venom spreading throughout the body.

The highlight of the presentation for the children was patting the turtles, non venomous snakes and blue-tongue lizards.

Centre director Shae Young said the centre had a role to play in helping children understand how to recognise and avoid the dangers of some of the wildlife in our backyards.

“Living in Australia, encounters with potentially hazardous wildlife is a fact of life, she said.

“Our country is home to many unique and diverse animal species including snakes, spiders and marine animals.

To see the video and the photo gallery, head to gladstoneobserver.com.au.



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