Snake sightings warn­ing

Canning Gazette - - NEWS -

SNAKE sightings in Can­ning­ton and Fern­dale are a re­minder for lo­cals to be vig­i­lant when walk­ing in parks and bush­lands.

The City of Can­ning is home to a num­ber of na­tive snake species, with the most com­monly sighted the tiger snake and dugite.

The highly ven­omous snakes are found in nat­u­ral bush­land, wet­lands and recre­ational spa­ces such as parks and foot­paths.

Can­ning Mayor Paul Ng said snakes were an im­por­tant part of the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and pro­vide an in­di­ca­tion that an ecosys­tem is healthy.

“It is com­mon for snakes to be­come more ac­tive as the warmer spring weather ap­proaches, but they should not be feared, just treated with cau­tion,’’ he said. “Most snakebites oc­cur when peo­ple ac­ci­den­tally step on them or when at­tempt­ing to kill them.”

If you spot a snake in a recre­ational space, you can call the City on 1300 422 664 and an of­fi­cer will re­lo­cate it.

Snakes are a pro­tected species in Western Aus­tralia and it is an of­fence to kill a snake un­der the Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Act.

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