Residents in Yarra need to always be aware of the potential danger of coming across a snake, particularly in the summer months.
They thrive in warm weather and are most active on warm nights and are often found in bushy areas around the river and in backyards, usually in search of water, food and a place to hide.
Tiger snakes are the only snakes that can be found in Yarra. They are brown, usually around a metre long, and can sometimes have striped markings.
To discourage snakes from entering your property, ensure your garden is well maintained, clear of rubbish, and keep your grass short.
Try not to leave stacks of timber or sheets of iron lying around and keep any outdoor goods, in particular grain or pet food, stored off the ground and in a clean environment.
When gardening, wear gloves and footwear and when doing maintenance to your property turn outdoor lights on and avoid nooks where snakes may hide.
Snakes are protected under the Wildlife Management Act 1984.
If you see a snake, do not approach it, attempt to kill it or try to capture it.
Although snakes are passive and prefer to keep away from people, they can strike if they feel threatened.
Council will arrange to remove a snake from public land but does not collect snakes from private property.
An online search will provide contact details for a number of Melbourne-based professionals that can remove the snake for you.
Alternatively, you can contact Council's customer service centre on 9205 5555 and they will provide you with some phone numbers to try.
If you are bitten by a snake, the Victorian Poisons Information centre advises not to wash the bite as traces of venom can be used to identify the snake and the anti-venom required.
Apply a firm bandage to the bitten area and keep the victim still. Drive the victim to the nearest hospital or immediately call 000 for an ambulance.
Local Laws and Animal Management - Compliance Branch
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