There’s a Snake In My Yard! What Should I Do?

The most likely time for people to encounter snakes in their garden is Spring and Summer when the males are out looking for females to mate with.

If you see a snake in your garden or house, do not try to catch or kill the snake. Walk away from it slowly and keep an eye on it from a safe distance (several metres away). Keep your pets safely away from it and the snake will usually move on in its own time. Snakes don’t want to be near humans any more than humans generally want to be near snakes.

If the snake has decided to stay around, and you really want it removed, you will need to contact a licensed snake handler to have it removed. If the snake is inside the house, close the door of the room it is in and place a towel under the door to prevent it from exiting before you call.

Snakes are amazing creatures and play a very important role in the Australian environment and are protected under environmental legislation, so you should not attempt to harm or remove them yourself. Most people who get bitten by snakes do so when attempting to remove them.

What to do if you are bitten

First things first, call triple zero.
As you wait for emergency services to arrive, it’s important you remain as still as possible, as any form of movement can spread the poison around the body. Whatever you do, don’t fall into the trap of the common myth, which is to suck the venom out of the wound.

It’s important for medical professionals to be able to correctly identify the type of venom as not only does it help with identifying the snake, but they are also able to prescribe a proper treatment.

According to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, do not wash the area of the bite, cut the bite or apply a high tourniquet. Instead, get yourself a pressure bandage and wrap it tightly around the area affected to stop the venom from spreading further.

The most important thing for people to do is get to a hospital as rapidly as possible while remaining calm. It doesn’t matter whether you have been bitten or envenomed or not – let the doctors worry about that.

Which snakes are likely to bite?

The Australian Snakebite Project says the most common snake bites reported come from Brown snakes (41%), then Tiger snakes (17%) and Red-bellied black snakes (16%).

Snakes are usually passing through and will be gone within a few hours. Keeping your lawn short and yard free of debris will reduce the likelihood of snakes in your yard.
Please remember, do not attempt to harm or remove them yourself, call a professional Snake Handler/Catcher to do it for you.

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