WITH the warmer weather upon us, residents are being warned to keep an eye out for snakes on their property.
The end of winter also means the end of snakes’ hibernation, and residents are being told they’re bound to come across more as breeding conditions are ideal.
Bendigo snake handler Chris Page said now is the time to be alert.
“With the warmer season starting, snakes will be coming out of the woodwork looking for a mate and food,” Mr Page said.
“There may be a bit of a quiet time later on, and then we’ll start seeing babies out and about.”
While the first instinct may be to kill the reptiles, they are protected under the Victorian Wildlife Act and Mr Page said the right thing to do is keep out of their way.
“You’re not supposed to kill them; the best thing to do is call a snake catcher,” Mr Page said.
“Because there’s no snake catcher locally, it does mean residents will have to wait. While you wait you should make sure any children and pets are a safe distance away.
“The main reason they’re hanging around houses is for the warmth from concrete or bricks and the shade to cool down when the weather gets too hot.
Mr Page said there are ways to make sure snake doesn’t end up in your lounge.
“The best thing to do is check around your doors and windows for gaps, try to seal them all up because when it gets too hot, snakes will head to gaps where there’s cold air coming out.”
If you need advice call the DELWP hotline on 136 186 or Chris Page on 0423 627 145