Hume is home to the Eastern Brown Snake, Red-bellied Black Snake and the Eastern Tiger Snake. Snakes become active in spring through to autumn, and will often seek warm places to sunbake, particularly along waterways, in parks and reserves, and sometimes in backyards with dense shrubs, tree hollows and long grass.
Staying safe around snakes
When walking in known snake areas, wear long pants or clothing, covered shoes and stay on paths.
What to do if you see a snake in a public area or your property
- Stay calm, do NOT panic. If you stand still the snake is not likely to hurt you
- Do NOT approach or attempt to catch or kill the snake
- When safe to do so calmly move away from the snake to a safe distance and keep it under observation
- Keep children, pets and others away from the area containing the snake
While snake bites are rare, they do pose a serious health risk if the species is venomous. If you have been bitten by a snake call 000 immediately for emergency assistance and advice over the phone while an Ambulance is dispatched. If someone has been bitten by a snake administer First Aid when safe to do so.
Snakes can be a problem for your pets, but usually only if the pet attacks first. Anti-venom is available from vets if pets do get bitten.
Snake relocation service
Throughout the warmer months, Council engages a professional snake catcher to relocate snakes found in public and residential areas to suitable habitat nearby. This service is now available for Spring 2020 - Autumn 2021. Contact Customer Service on 9205 2200 for more information.