Snakes start to slither this spring
With the weather warming up, snakes are starting to emerge from their winter hibernation to bask in the sun and search for food and a mate.
Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning (DELWP) Senior Wildlife Management Officer, Belinda Cant said spring weather has brought some snakes out of hibernation across Victoria.
“Snake species commonly found in the Grampians region include the Copperhead, Tiger, Red Bellied Black and Brown snake.
“Most snake bites occur when people try to capture or kill a snake.
“Snakes can be known to bite animals, such as dogs, if they feel threatened. If your dog or cat encounters a snake, the best course of action is to remove your pet from the area or tie it up while the snake passes, and if you suspect your pet has been bitten take it to a vet immediately".
Ms. Cant said. If you live in an area with snakes, please remember:
When left alone, snakes present little or no danger to people.
If you see a snake, keep calm and move yourself and anyone with you (including pets) away from the area.
Don't attempt to capture or harm snakes. Instead, call DELWP on 136 186 for further advice.
Maintain lawns and clean up around your house, as snakes are attracted to shelter such as piles of rocks and timber, sheets of metal, and building materials.
Undertake first aid training and ensure your first aid kit contains several compression bandages, and if someone is bitten, call 000 immediately.
Snakes are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975 and it is illegal to harm or kill them or capture them without authority. Reports of people willfully destroying protected wildlife will be investigated by the Conservation Regulator.