Facebook has lit up today with a lot of posts about snake sightings as temperatures hit 29 degrees.
With temperatures over the next few days reaching up to 38 degrees, wildlife will be looking for water. This includes snakes.
Snake wrangler Jarrod Bingham says “My simple advice to avoid snakes is that respect is a two way street. Respect snakes and give them a wide berth they will do the exact same thing. Remember: no snake will attack you for no reason, irrespective of what anyone says, snakes don’t chase you because they don’t like you. Snakes are only defending themselves.”
If you see a snake, let it go about its business or call the council to arrange a relocation specialist. It is illegal to injure or kill snakes.
“Snakes are extremely smart animals and understand that we are no threat and there is no point wasting their precious venom on us, so if given the chance they will always try to avoid us. Now, of course snakes come into conflict with humans due to years of evolution and thats because of their excellent ‘Camouflage’ this is why it is important to always remain vigilant irrespective of the weather, snakes don’t just disappear.”
Common dangerous snakes in the Moorabool and Melton area include eastern brown, tiger, copperhead and red bellied black snakes.
What do I do if I get bitten by a snake?
- Call an ambulance immediately. You should treat any snake bite as an emergency, regardless of whether you think the snake was venomous or not.
- Don’t panic and don’t move.
- Leave the snake alone.
- Apply a pressure immobilisation bandage and splint.
- Don’t wash, suck, cut or tourniquet the bite.