Please note that Council rangers and staff are not responsible for the removal or management of snakes or other native animals.
Contact details for the removal of snakes.
Wild Life Carer Network - 0408 966 228
WIRES - 1300 094 737
Snake Handlers may not always be available or near your location to assist
As the warmer months approach snakes come out of hibernation and move into urban areas near places where people live and work in search of food or a mate.
Areas such as sheds, buildings, rubble, long grass or places that are cool, dark and provide protection are the typical areas where snakes are found.
It can often be difficult to tell the difference between a venomous and non-venomous snake. Snakes are not naturally aggressive and would prefer to retreat than to seek confrontation with humans, but may retaliate if provoked, disturbed or hurt.
Snake bites can easily occur if inexperienced people interfere with snakes, most snake bites occur when people try to kill of capture snakes.
As with all Australian native animals, snakes are protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and cannot lawfully be killed or taken from the wild and held in captivity.
What to do if you have a snake at your home or work
If a you see a snake;
- Note the location of the snake, try to monitor its whereabouts or course only if safe and ensure that the area is isolated until the snake is removed
- Ensure that all family, staff, students or pets are removed from immediate area or evacuate the room until snake is removed.
- DO NOT approach, attack or otherwise provoke the snake. REMEMBER - IF PROVOKED IT MAY STRIKE
- Contact a professional Snake handler to help remove the snake or where possible wait for the snake to move off and away from your property.
Minimising snakes and prevention of snake bites
- Reduce rubbish, materials, over grown areas and long grass where a snake could shelter.
- Minimise food sources for snakes by removing anything that may attract rodents or frogs.
- Wear gloves, boots and long sleeved shirt and long trousers when moving stored materials, clearing rubbish or long grass – these measures will give some protection.
- Be alert and keep a look out for snakes, awareness is the best protection.
Snake bites in Australia can be potentially fatal so immediate medical assistance should be sought for all cases of suspected snake-bite. Not all snakes are venomous, it is difficult to identify snakes so all bites should be treated as dangerous.
No case of real or suspected snakebite should be regarded as trivial.