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Snake season approaching as temperatures rise

Eastern Brown Snake

With the weather starting to warm up, locals are being warned to keep an eye out for snakes.

The reptiles are becoming more active as their hibernation over winter comes to an end.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning says those planning to head to the Grampians region should start to keep an eye out for snakes, with Copperheads, Tiger, Red Bellied Black and Brown snakes likely to make an appearance as the mercury rises.

"These four species are highly venomous, but it is rare for them to bite people. Most snake bites are received by people who try to capture or kill a snake," said The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Acting Regional Manager Environmental Compliance, Nathan MacDonald.

"Snakes are generally very shy and prefer to keep away from people and often when a snake is found in a backyard it’s because it’s moving through the area to other habitat," he added.

The Department is also reminding residents that keeping lawns maintaned and removing piles of rubbish, including rocks, timber, metal and building materials will deter them from houses. 

DELWP is also reminding locals that if they do see a snake about, to keep calm and leave them be.

For further advice, call DELWP on 138 186.

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