Now is the time to tidy up

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HAVE you been think­ing about tidy­ing up around your yard?

Now is the ideal time to do it safely, ac­cord­ing to snake ex­pert Ian Jenk­ins.

Mr Jenk­ins said it was quite com­mon to en­counter a brown snake dur­ing a yard clean up, but in win­ter snakes would be slug­gish and un­likely to be ag­gres­sive if dis­turbed.

“Be­ing cold blooded, they don’t have the abil­ity to move fast at all,” he said.

“If the am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture is cold, they’re cold.”

Mr Jenk­ins en­cour­aged res­i­dents to keep yards tidy and un­clut­tered to dis­cour­age snakes from tak­ing up res­i­dence in your neigh­bour­hood.

He rec­om­mended people ex­er­cise cau­tion dur­ing a clean up. Should you en­counter a snake, Mr Jenk­ins ad­vises to leave it to the ex­perts.

“Leave the snake and call a qual­i­fied snake catcher.

“Be­cause it’s cool, they are quite easy to catch and re­move.” Top tips

Make your back­yard un­suit­able for snakes by hav­ing gar­den beds away from the house.

Keep the lawn well main­tained and low in height.

Re­move all rubbish and en­sure there aren’t any sheet iron or piles of wood ly­ing around

Stop snakes en­ter­ing your home by screen­ing doors and win­dows.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TIDY TIPS: Now is the ideal time to tidy your yard, while snakes are slug­gish.

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