Snakes are an integral part of the natural environment and play an important role in wildlife ecosystems. Snakes are not naturally aggressive and always prefer to retreat. Snakes are a protected animal and killing one can be considered as an offence.
During the warmer months, snakes emerge to bask in the sun. If you come across a snake, do not approach or aggravate it in any way.
What to do if you come across a snake?
If you find a snake in your home or garden and would like it removed, contact your nearest snake catcher on the reptile handler list.
What to do if you find a snake on Council property
If you come across a snake on Council property you can let Council staff know on Council’s report it page.
What to do if you’ve found an injured snake
Phone WIRES Rescue Line on 1300 094 737 immediately so that a trained rescuer can attend. Keep an eye on the snake from a safe distance. Keep all pets and people away until the situation is resolved and do not approach or attempt to handle the snake.
You should always provide emergency care if you or someone else is bitten by a snake — including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), if required.
Keep calm, and follow these steps:
- Get the person away from the snake.
- Ensure they rest and help them to stay calm.
- Call triple zero (000) and ask for an ambulance.
- Apply a pressure immobilisation bandage.
- Don’t wash the bite area — venom left on the skin can help identify the snake.