With the warmer spring weather and summer quickly approaching City of Greater Dandenong would like to remind residents to keep a look out for snakes while out and about enjoying Council’s parks and open spaces.
Residents may come across snakes as they become more active and venture out to find warm dry open areas to sunbake, such as paths and concreted areas. You may be more likely to see snakes around water sources, but they can also be found in other parks and reserves and close to houses and infrastructure. Snakes feed on small animals such as frogs, lizards, mice and rats and are an important part of the natural environment. They are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975.
If you live in an area close to where snakes may be present there are steps you can take to discourage snakes from moving onto your property. Maintain lawns, remove rubbish and piles of building materials, timber or rocks that snakes may shelter under. Discourage mice and rats from living around your property as these will attract snakes.
When visiting areas where snakes may be present:
If you see a snake in a reserve, public area, around playgrounds or barbeque areas this is what you should do:
If you see a snake on your property this is what you should do:
If you are bitten by a snake telephone ‘000’ immediately and follow their instructions and stay as calm and still as possible until help arrives.