Be careful during snake season
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.