Snakes on move
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is warning that as the weather warms up Benalla’s cold-blooded reptile friends are becoming more active and a lot more visible.
The Ensign recently published a snake warning from local vets, however, DELWP regional manager environmental compliance Nathan Stamkos is asking the public to watch out for themselves as well.
‘‘Snakes are emerging from their winter hibernation to bask in the sun and to search for food and a mate,’’ Mr Stamkos said.
‘‘The recent sunny weather also means people are spending more time outdoors and it is quite likely they will encounter a snake.
‘‘Eastern brown snakes are the most common in north-east Victoria with the occasional tiger snake or red-bellied black snake, which are usually found around wetlands, creeks and rivers.
‘‘These three species are highly venomous, but it is rare for them to bite people.
‘‘Most snake bites are received by people who try to capture or kill a snake.
‘‘Snakes are known to bite animals, such as dogs, if they feel threatened.
‘‘If your dog or cat encounters a snake, the best course of action is to remove your pet from the area or tie it up while the snake passes.
‘‘If you suspect your pet has been bitten take it to a vet immediately.
‘‘We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that snakes play an important role in our ecosystem and are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975.
‘‘It is illegal to capture, harm, or kill them.
‘‘Reports of people wilfully destroying protected wildlife will be investigated accordingly.
‘‘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 snakes, please remember: with
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;
Do not attempt to capture or harm snakes. Instead, phone DELWP on 136 186 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; and Undertake first-aid training and ensure your first-aid kit contains several compression bandages, and if someone is bitten, phone 000 immediately.
Leave them be: DELWP is asking the public to be wary of snakes as the weather warms up.
Eyes on the prize: Members of the North East Archers in Benalla take aim.