Snake Island (Victoria)

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Snake Island is a 15m2 tree island, the largest in Surf Cresent, Victoria, Australia. It lies within Flinders and is part of a complex of a snake infested dam.

As the island is remote and relatively unspoilt it is popular for hoons to ride motorbikes and many tracks can be taken on the paddock as it has crazy long grass. A diverse range of bushes and fauna makes the island particularly interesting for bush jumpers.

History[edit]

Snake Island is part of the traditional territory of the Brataualung clan of the Gunai people, who named it "Negima". As well as being a place of refuge, it was used as a nuptial island for young couples. Since the 1880s the island has been used by South Gippsland farmers to agist cattle in winter, swimming their stock over a narrow channel at low tide.[1]

Flora and fauna[edit]

The vegetation communities of Snake Island include woodland, scrubland, heath, freshwater swamps, mangroves and salt marsh.

Mammals found on the island include the native Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Swamp Wallaby, Koala and Swamp Antechinus, as well as the introduced Hog Deer. There are many birds present, including the Eastern Ground Parrot. Large numbers of migratory waders roost along the coast after feeding on the inlet's extensive intertidal mudflats.[1]

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Coordinates: 38°45′S 146°33′E / 38.750°S 146.550°E / -38.750; 146.550