Snake Tails Share Indigenous Sustainable Practices With Tomaree Public School and Tomaree High School Students

Snakes Tails Bob Withey with Tomaree Public School’s Lexie Chesters and a Bearded Dragon. Photo by Marian Sampson.
Snakes Tails Bob Withey with Tomaree Public School’s Lexie Chesters and a Bearded Dragon. Photo by Marian Sampson.


STUDENTS from Tomaree Public School years 5 and 6 and Tomaree High School years 7 and 8 joined together to learn about how snakes and lizards form part of the food chain.

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Snake Tails was organised by Tomaree High School Teacher Linda Hazell as it works with the current science curriculum.

On display were the Fierce Snake, The Australian Brown Snake, the tiger snake and the Red Belly Black Snake.

Presenter Bob Withey shared his experiences with snakes and a trip into Arnhem Land where he lived with Indigenous Australians mirroring the ways that their ancestors had lived on the land for thousands of years.

Along with the snakes students learnt about Goannas and Bearded Lizards.

The Snake Tails presentation also drew on sustainable practices of the Indigenous people who only take what they can eat.

Understanding the role that snakes and lizards play in the food chain is important to farmers as some farmers in South Australia are losing their crops to plagues of mice which can be well controlled with wild populations of snakes and lizards.

Bob’s snake tails presentation talked about the Indigenous diet and eating snakes and lizards which he explained to the students taste a bit like chicken but with a much better flavour.

Linda Hazell told News Of The Area, “We had a similar show before with a science theme however this time the theme is NAIDOC bringing Indigenous culture into the program,” she said.

She believes that this was a good opportunity for students to learn about the food chain and sustainable practices.

“This program was about sharing Indigenous culture with the wider school community and it ties into the science curriculum where year 7 and 8 students are studying living things and ecology.”



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