ANDREW Powell (pictured) would have dealt with a few snakes in his time in politics but this is one the Environment Minister would like to see more of.

The woma python is listed as a near threatened species in Queensland and endangered on an international "redlist".

Mr Powell met the python at Australia Zoo yesterday while announcing funding for research on threatened species.

The University of the Sunshine Coast has received $10,000 towards a genetic research on the Fraser Island dingo and a population survey on the northern quoll.

Mr Powell said he hoped to be able to increase its investment in research into threatened species in the future.

September 7 is National Threatened Species Day.

Australia Zoo curator Kelsey Engle likened losing threatened species to pulling the bricks out of a house.

"You can take one or two bricks and get away with it but eventually the whole place falls down," she said.


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