Ssssnakes! Be on the lookout
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.