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Snakes

If you do see a snake near your house, keep an eye on it to see where it goes, then call a licensed snake catcher. Telephone Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on 136 186 to find out the names of the nearest licensed snake catchers. Snakes normally avoid people, but there is an element of risk, for people and their animals, associated with living near snakes. It is therefore a good idea to reduce the chance of unexpected encounters with snakes close to living areas. Mice and frogs attract snakes. If snakes are a problem, then modifying the area to make it less attractive to mice and frogs may reduce the chance of snakes being attracted.

Most cases of snakebite occur when people are trying to catch or kill snakes. Do not attempt to catch or kill snakes. Snakes are protected in Victoria under the Wildlife Act 1975. To reduce the likelihood of snakes in your property you can:

  • Modify the habitat around buildings to make it unsuitable for snakes and their prey by keeping grass very short and removing rubbish, piles of wood and other cover, such as sheets of iron
  • If you intend creating habitat for frogs, make sure this is away from buildings, to minimise the chance of unexpected encounters with snakes
  •  Be alert during warm weather when snakes are likely to be active
  • Use a torch and take particular care when walking at night where there might be snakes and wear shoes or boots as protection
  •  Leave snakes alone to reduce risk of snakebite