Brimbank,
18
October
2018
|
02:29
Australia/Melbourne

If snakes visit – keep calm and call Council’s no charge snake catching service

Summary

Warmer weather is a welcome change but it’s also the time of year when snakes become more active ‒ Brimbank residents are reminded that Council offers a no charge snake catcher service for locals who find a snake on their property.

Mayor of Brimbank, Cr Margaret Giudice said the service was available to residential properties in Brimbank after it was introduced in 2017, in response to public demand.

The service is available seven days a week, including after hours by calling 9249 4000.

“We’re now well and truly into spring – the time of year when snakes usually become more active.

“This no charge service gives residents peace of mind to know that if a snake does visit their home, we have a professional service available to remove and relocate the snake.

“If you do see a snake, keep calm, walk away safely – taking any pets with you – and call us on 9249 4000. Be sure to keep an eye on the snake from a safe distance.

“It’s also important to tell your kids that if they see a snake, to stay calm, walk away, and tell an adult straight away,” Cr Giudice said.

There are many things residents can do to deter snakes from entering their properties, including:

  • Clean up around your house. Keep grass and lawns cut short.
  • Don't leave stacks of timber or sheets of iron lying about.
  • Keep grain or pet food storage areas clean and tidy. These attract mice, which are a snake's favoured food.
  • Ensure garden rockeries and ferneries are clear and tidy. These are cool places that attract snakes on warm days.
  • Avoid walking around your backyard in bare feet.
  • Wear leg protection on hot nights and use a torch (Tiger snakes in particular become nocturnal in very hot weather and it is then that they are harder to see. Pets, particularly cats, are vulnerable to being bitten at this time).

In the event of a snake bite:

  • Stay calm, and as still as possible.
  • Immediately apply a pressure bandage (or clothing or towels torn into strips) to the bite area.
  • Call 000 or go straight to a hospital emergency department for treatment.

Snakes are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975. It's illegal to capture, kill or harm them.

For more information, visit our Snake Information page or call 9249 4000.