Ssss­nakes! Be on the look­out

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

BE­WARE — it’s snake sea­son.

And pets are as much at risk as hu­mans, with nu­mer­ous re­ports around the state of both be­ing bit­ten in re­cent weeks.

The Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Water and Plan­ning is warn­ing Heath­cote res­i­dents with the weather warm­ing up snakes are now be­com­ing more ac­tive, and a lot more vis­i­ble.

“Snakes are emerg­ing from their win­ter hi­ber­na­tion to search for food and a mate,” DELWP re­gional man­ager en­vi­ron­men­tal com­pli­ance, Nathan Stamkos said.

“Peo­ple are spend­ing more time out­doors and it is quite likely they will en­counter 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. If you live in an area with snakes:

■ 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 on 136 186 for fur­ther ad­vice.

■ Main­tain lawns and clean up around your house, as snakes are at­tracted to shel­ter such as piles of rocks and tim­ber.

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.