One Weddin Shire resident received a surprise when he went outside on Monday at lunchtime and discovered these two snakes happily occupying his yard.
Gary Anthony of Bimbi was startled to find two brown snakes close to his house on Monday afternoon upon checking on some trees he had recently planted. With the arrival of warmer spring weather members of the community are to be advised that snakes are on the move and people should give them plenty of space.
Australia has around 140 species of land snake, with some 100 considered venomous, although only 12 are likely to inflict a life-threatening bite. The most dangerous snakes belong to the front-fanged group, which in NSW include the tiger snake, brown snake, death adder, mulga or king brown snake. All snakes in NSW are protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.
Tips and safeguards for being ‘snake wise’ include:
*All snakes should be treated as if they are venomous. *Do not try to catch or kill a snake – 90% of snakebites occur when people attempt to catch or kill snakes. Children especially should to be taught not to attempt to pick up or harm snakes. *Clean up potential habitats around the home, such as aviaries, dog kennels and poultry pens where food attracts mice. *Ensure gaps under doorways are sealed and any holes or gaps in walls fixed. *Wearing long pants and solid footwear will provide some protection when bush walking or working outdoors. *Call Triple Zero (000) in the event of a bite.