As well as my work as a sociologist, I'm also a professional snake catcher. I don’t expect people to love snakes, but I believe they should know more about them - and it's not all bad.
The weather is warming up, and snakes are coming out to bask in the sun. But we don't need to tell tall tales to appreciate snakes – the truth is far more fascinating.
Some skinks have been known to kill their babies – but one remarkable species goes to any lengths to save them.
There has been at least one fatal bite from a very small brown snake in Australia. But now we know that venom is different in adult and baby brown snakes.
Australian snakes are the best mouse killers in the whole world. And while that's clearly bad news for mice, how does it translate into human risk?