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Tiger snake found in Gippsland

Snake Warning

Snake Warning

Tiger snake found in Gippsland

The Warning Comes After Recent Sightings In Urban Areas

It's that time of year again, when snakes are emerging from their winter hibernation as the days become warmer.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is urging communities to be alert for snakes as the reptiles bask in the sun in search of food and a mate.

The most common snakes’ people are likely to encounter are Tiger Snakes and Lowland Copperheads, while Eastern Brown snakes can also be found in some areas.

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These species are venomous, but it is rare for them to bite people. Most snake bites occur when people try to capture or kill a snake.

While the sunny weather means snakes will be out and about, they are usually very shy and prefer to keep away from people.

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 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, 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, phone 000 immediately.

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.

DELWP Wildlife Management Officer Wes Burns says staying vigilant is key.

“As snakes emerge from their winter retreat, you might encounter a snake while walking the dog, bush-walking, gardening or visiting parks.”

“It’s important to be aware that snakes may be around, and to know how to react if you come across one.”

“Snakes are more common in rural areas or urban fringe, but they can also be found in towns and cities, particularly around watercourses and parkland.”

Snakes are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975 and it is illegal to capture, harm, or kill them. Reports of people wilfully destroying protected wildlife will be investigated accordingly.

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