As days become warmer, snakes are emerging from months of inactivity to search for food and a mate.
Many snakes stop eating during winter and conserve energy by not moving around as much. On a warm sunny day in the middle of winter snakes may still come out and bask.
Snakes are more visible during warmer months, but they are rarely a threat, as a Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) spokesperson explains.
“Snakes prefer to keep away from people. They rely on external sources like the sun to give them energy.”
“Most snake bites occur when people try to capture or kill them. Leave them alone and keep your pets away.”
“Snakes are known to bite animals if they feel threatened. If your dog or cat encounters a snake, move your pet away or keep it on a lead while the snake is in the area. If you suspect your pet has been bitten take it to a vet immediately.”
• Snakes present little or no danger to people when left alone
• Keep your pets away from areas with snakes
• If you see a snake, keep calm and move yourself and anyone with you away from the area
• Wear long pants and proper shoes, carry your mobile and snake bandages when in the bush
• 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
• Keep pests under control. Rodents are an excellent food source for snakes
• Don’t attempt to capture or harm snakes; instead call a licensed snake catcher or call DEECA on 136 186
• If someone is bitten, call 000 immediately.
Snakes are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975, and capturing, harming, or killing them is illegal.
You can report wildlife crime to Crime Stoppers Victoria on 1800 333 000.
Photo by Greg Rose, Land Rover Owners Club of Gippsland