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Snakes on the move

Tiger snake
Tiger snake DPaW

As the weather heats up the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is reminding people to be on high alert for snakes.

DPaW wildlife officer Matthew Swan said snake encounters were on the rise as reptiles emerged from their winter hideouts.

“Snakes are most active over the next few months and we expect the number of calls from concerned residents who encounter a snake will rise sharply,” he said.

“When it comes to snakes, extra care should be taken when venturing outdoors particularly near swamps, lakes and bush land.”

“Snakes will normally try to avoid humans, however, people still need to be aware and take precautions such as wearing long pants and enclosed shoes when walking along bush trails.”

Mr Swan said most snake bites occurred when people tried to catch or kill the snake. He also urged dog owners to take extra care when walking their dogs near wetlands and bushland areas as they rarely survive a venomous snake bite.

“Residents can also reduce the risk of having a snake in their backyard by keeping their yards clear of long grass and discarded household rubbish and building materials, which provide snakes with shelter,” he said.

“Outdoor aviaries often attract snakes and keeping the aviaries and their surrounding area free from discarded bird seed would deter the snakes favourite prey items such as rats and mice.”

He said it was also not unusual to find venomous snakes, including dugites and tiger snakes, in the Perth metropolitan area.

If you are concerned about a snake on your property, bring your children and pets inside. You can also contact DPaW’s 24-hour Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055 for details of licensed operators who can safely remove and relocate snakes.

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