Snakes

Snakes

If you see a snake, keep your distance and do not try to touch it or try to contain it!

 
  • Snakes are very common particularly in the summer season and will regularly be seen around houses and yards. They are usually passing through and will be gone within a few hours. Spring time is when snakes are more defensive and territorial.
  • Snakes learn to stay out of our way. They know where to find food, water and shelter in their territory and learn the daily movements of resident humans.
  • Conflict generally occurs because the snake cannot make a quick exit. Never try to catch or kill a snake. Snakes are not normally aggressive, however they will defend themselves if threatened and this is when most snake bites occur.
  • Snakes are protected by Law and play an important role in the environment. Do not relocate a snake far away from your home as another snake that is not familiar with your movements may move into your territory.
  • Discourage snakes: by keeping your lawn neat, dispose of excessive leaf litter and garden waste. Move building materials, woodpiles or compost away from your house. Snake-proof any aviaries, pet enclosures and chicken pens with 1cm square mesh wire. Use secure insect screens on windows and doors. Close gaps at ground level with weather strips. Train family members to keep screen doors closed. Keep garage doors closed.

If you have a snake in your house

 
  • If you find a snake in your house, make sure all people, children and pets are moved into other rooms and kept away until the situation is resolved.
  • If you can safely do so, isolate the snake in the room you found it by closing the doors to the room and putting towels along the bottom of the doors.
  • Call WIRES Rescue Line on 1300 094 737 or fill in the Rescue Form for rescue assistance.
  • Do not approach the snake or try to contain it yourself.

If you have found an injured snake 

 
  • Phone WIRES Rescue Line on 1300 094 737 immediately so that we can organise a trained rescuer to attend.
  • Keep an eye on the snake from a safe distance.
  • Keep all pets and people away until the situation is resolved. 

If you have found a snake in your yard

 
  • Snakes are normally only passing through a yard when they are sighted.
  • Following all the steps above you can monitor the snake from a safe distance and they will usually move on within a few hours.

First aid if bitten by a snake