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Snakes emerge with warmer weather

Dugite suns itself
Dugite suns itself Matt Swan, Parks and Wildlife

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is reminding people to be aware that snake activity is on the rise with warmer spring weather.

Wildlife officer Emma Lipianin said snake encounters would increase as reptiles emerged from winter hibernation to bask in the sun.

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

“We recommend people take extra care when venturing outdoors, particularly near swamps, lakes and bushland.

“Snakes will normally try to avoid humans, but it is best to be aware and take precautions such as wearing long pants and enclosed shoes while walking along bush trails.”

Ms Lipianin said most snake bites occurred when people tried to catch or kill a snake.

She also urged dog owners to be particularly careful when walking their pets near wetlands and bushland as dogs rarely survive a venomous snake bite.

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

“Outdoor aviaries often attract snakes, so keeping the aviaries and surrounding area free from discarded bird seed will deter the snake’s favourite prey items, such as rats and mice.”

She said it was 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 Parks and Wildlife’s 24-hour Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055 for details of licensed operators who can safely remove and relocate snakes.

Media contact: Parks and Wildlife Media 9219 9999