It is not unusual to see Tiger Snakes in the Park and this one was photographed by Steve Castan making its way across the Freshwater Lake to the island. He also heard a male Superb Fairy Wren making alert calls to warn off other birds as the snake approached.
According to the Australian Museum:
Most Australians know of tiger snakes and are aware of their fearsome reputation, though few people will ever encounter one. Unfortunately this species is much maligned because of its aggressive nature and toxic venom; however the tiger snake should be recognised as a great survivor, superbly adapted to some of the most inhospitable environments in Australia.
…… The species is often associated with watery environments such as creeks, dams, drains, lagoons, wetlands and swamps. They can also occur in highly degraded areas e.g. grazing lands, especially where there is water and local cover. Tiger snakes will shelter in or under fallen timber, in deep matted vegetation and in disused animal burrows. See here for more from the Museum.
There have been no instances of snakebite in the Park that we know of. Whilst Tiger Snakes are one of Australia’s most venomous, they only attack if cornered so if you see one, stay still or slowly back away and it will retreat.