Take care as snakes wake

Monday, 10 September 2018

Council is warning residents to be vigilant during snake season (September to February).

Moonee Valley Mayor, Cr John Sipek, reminds residents that many of our wonderful reserves and parks are also natural habitats for snakes.

“Residents should take care when out and about, especially along creeks and bike tracks, and keep dogs leashed, particularly along waterways.

“With the weather warming up, snakes are starting to emerge from their winter shelters and may appear in open spaces, parks and even our own gardens.

“To discourage snakes from your property, keep backyard materials to a minimum, cut your grass regularly and remember that pets such as chickens, rabbits and birds attract mice, which are a favourite food for snakes.

“This is also a good time to teach your children about snake safety. If they do see a snake, walk away slowly and do not try to pick it up or harm it,” Cr Sipek said.

Planning and Environment Portfolio Holder, Cr Nicole Marshall, reminds residents that it is illegal and dangerous to kill, catch or keep wild snakes in Victoria unless you are licensed to do so.

“If you see a snake on your property the safest thing to do is to bring your pets and children inside and contact a professional snake catcher for advice.

“If you are bitten by a snake, call 000 immediately and stay calm. If you think your pet might have been bitten by a snake, take it to a vet immediately. They need to see a vet straight away even if they seem to be recovering as some animals recover briefly before suffering a total collapse,” Cr Marshall said.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 7:38 AM