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, frogs and 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.

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.
  • Contact Council on 9205 2200, who will talk you through the snake catcher service process.

 

Hume Snake Catcher Service

Throughout the warmer months, Council engages a professional snake catcher to relocate snakes found in public and residential areas to suitable habitat nearby. If you see a snake in a public area please call the Customer Service team on 9205 2200 and if eligible, Council will arrange a professional to catch and relocate the snake.

From mid-October 2019 until 30 April 2020, Council has extended this service to include snakes found on the private property of Hume residents. If you see a snake on your property, in most cases the snake will leave after a couple of hours if left alone. If you don't want to wait, you can call the Customer Service team on 9205 2200 and they will provide you with the contact details of a snake catcher you can call and ask to come out to catch the snake and relocate it. 

It is important to note that the snake catcher will only search your property for one hour (additional search time will be at your expense). If the snake is caught and relocated, Council will pay the fee for the snake catcher. If the snake is not found on your property, you will need to pay the snake catcher fee to the snake catcher before they leave. The Customer Service team will let you know what the fee is when you first call Council to report the snake and get the contact details of the snake catcher. The snake catcher will accept cash, cheque, credit card over the phone or online via direct deposit.

For large/rural residential blocks that are over 4,000 metres squared, the snake catcher will only search within 10 metres of the residence. 

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 : 9:40 AM, 23 October 2019

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