Summer is a great time to be outdoors, however the warm weather can bring out snakes in search of food, water and warmth. Snakes are a natural part of living in Australia and it’s very important to be snake aware and take relevant precautions so that we can enjoy the outdoors safely.
Common venomous snakes found in the Camden area include the Red-bellied Black Snake, and the Eastern Brown Snake. Sighting a snake can be an alarming experience, but there are steps you can take to stay safe.
If you see a snake:
- Remain calm;
- DO NOT approach the snake;
- Walk away slowly; and
- Keep a safe distance so the snake does not feel threatened.
If you are concerned about snakes on your property, remember that most snakes are likely to be passing through and will leave your property in time.
To discourage snakes from straying onto your property:
- Keep your lawns mowed and gardens free of overgrowth,
- Keep your property free of rubbish and debris, and
- Control rats and mice on your property.
If you are bitten by a snake, apply first aid immediately and call ‘000’ for ambulance assistance.
All native snakes in NSW are protected under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and it is illegal to harm these animals. Never try to kill or capture a snake as most bites occur while attempting to do this. Only licensed snake collectors can remove snakes from private properties. To contact a licensed snake collector, visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au.
Snakes are very important to local food webs and assist in reducing mice and rat populations. Remember that snakes are found naturally in various habitats in Australia and it is important that we understand their place in the ecosystem.
For further information, refer to the Snake Awareness Fact Sheet or call Camden Council’s Sustainability Team on 4654 7777.