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