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Snake Season 2021

Snake Season 2021

Snakes start to slither out in spring

With the weather warming up across Victoria’s south west, snakes are starting to emerge from their winter hibernation to bask in the sun and search for food and a mate.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is urging people to be alert for snakes as the reptiles become more active and much more visible.

The snake species most commonly seen in Victoria’s south west are Tiger Snakes and Lowland Copperheads, while Eastern Brown snakes can also be found in some areas.

Tiger Snakes and Lowland Copperheads are often seen in habitats next to water such as creeks, rivers or swamps.

Eastern Brown Snakes prefer open dry areas, and shelter in confined spaces such as hollow logs, rock crevices and under rubbish around buildings.

These species are venomous. Most snake bites occur when people try to capture or kill a snake.

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.

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DELWP Senior Wildlife Management Officer Lachlan Butson says, “Snakes are generally very shy and prefer to keep away from people. Often when a snake is found in a backyard it’s moving through the area to other habitat.”

“Snakes are more common around the urban fringe or in rural parts of Victoria, but they can also be found close to cities and towns, particularly around watercourses and parkland.”

“Whether you’re exercising outdoors or gardening, please be aware that snakes may be around, and make sure you’re informed about how to react to them if you encounter one.”

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