Be care­ful dur­ing snake sea­son

Mansfield Courier - - PROPERTY GUIDE - By BELLA MACMUNN

WITH sum­mer just around the cor­ner, snakes are com­ing out again, and the Mans­field com­mu­nity is be­ing warned to be care­ful.

As we draw closer to the sum­mer months, snake sight­ings are be­com­ing more and more fre­quent.

The Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning (DELWP) has re­ceived re­ports that mem­bers of the pub­lic are killing snakes in­ten­tion­ally, even when the snake poses no threat.

Th­ese peo­ple should be re­minded that snakes are pro­tected un­der the Wildlife Act 1975 which states that it is il­le­gal to harm, cap­ture or kill a snake.

“Most snake bites are re­ceived by peo­ple who try to cap­ture or kill a snake,” Emily Davies, pro­gram man­ager re­source pro­tec­tion and man­age­ment Hume Re­gion, said.

“Snakes usu­ally pre­fer to re- treat when en­coun­tered, but can be­come de­fen­sive if threat­ened.

“Be­ing aware that snakes may be around, and be­ing in­formed about how to re­act to them, are the most im­por­tant as­pects of man­ag­ing snakes.”

If you live in an area with snakes, please re­mem­ber:

when left alone, snakes present lit­tle or no dan­ger to peo­ple;

if you see a snake, keep calm and move your­self and any­one with you (in­clud­ing pets) away from the area;

don’t at­tempt to cap­ture or harm snakes - in­stead call DELWP for fur­ther ad­vice, or call a li­censed snake catcher;

main­tain lawns and clean up around your house, as snakes are at­tracted to shel­ter such as piles of rocks and tim­ber, sheets of metal, and build­ing ma­te­ri­als;

un­der­take first aid train­ing and en­sure your first aid kit con­tains sev­eral com­pres­sion ban­dages, and if some­one is bit­ten, call 000 im­me­di­ately.

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