Summer Snake Safety

Snakes are active throughout summer and will often seek warm places such as concreted surfaces and dry, open areas to sunbake. This can include areas close to houses and infrastructure in parks and reserves. Find out more about how to stay safe around snakes and what to do if you spot a snake on your property or in a public place.

Staying safe around snakes

Hume City is home to a diversity of wildlife including snakes. Across the city the most commonly found snakes are the Eastern Brown, Red-Bellied Black Snake and the Eastern Tiger Snake. Snakes can be found along waterways, in parks and sometimes in backyards especially those with dense shrubs, tree hollows and long grass.

In late Spring snakes wake up from their Winter hibernation and are more likely to be seen when you're out and about enjoying the warmer weather. Snakes become active in Spring through to Autumn, and will often seek warm places such as concreted surfaces and dry, open areas to sunbake. This can include areas close to houses and infrastructure in parks and reserves.

Snakes play an integral part in our nature and wildlife areas and are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975 and cannot be harmed, interfered with or taken from the wild.

Snakes are carnivores and generally eat small mammals such as frogs or lizards. While snake bites are rare, they do pose a serious health risk if the species is venomous. 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.

When walking in known snake areas, wear long pants or clothing, covered shoes and stay on paths. Snakes are unlikely to hurt you, if you leave them be.

Here are some tips to stay safe as you move about Hume in summer.

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.
  • Cordon and contain the area when and where it is safe to do so.
  • Contact Council on 9205 2200, who will get information to you and if appropriate, arrange a snake catcher for free to remove the snake and relocate it to a nearby habitat area.
  • Keep your mobile phone with you pending the arrival of the snake catcher and call them if there are any changes to the situation.


Hume Snake Catcher Service

Each summer, Council employs a professional snake catcher to relocate snakes found in public areas to suitable habitat nearby. From November 2018 until April 2019, Council has extended this service to include snakes found on the private property of Hume residents. This is a free service available to any Hume resident who finds a snake in a residential area or a residential property.

Residents who find a snake at their home are advised to follow the steps outlined above and contact Council’s Customer Service Centre.The Customer Service team will provide advice, and if appropriate, employ a snake catcher to relocate the snake from your home to a suitable area.

First Aid

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. First Aid advice can be found here.

Updated : 10:28 AM, 30 November 2018

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