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Action on Sighting a Snake

If someone has been bitten by the snake, only carry out these actions after application of appropriate First Aid and once medical assistance has been sought by dialling 000.

SStay calm, the worst thing you can do is to do something without thinking it through and end up making the situation worse, getting bitten yourself of getting someone else, or a pet, bitten.  If someone has already been bitten, move them from any immediate danger and keep them calm also.  It is dangerous and completely unnecessary to kill or catch the snake for proper medical treatment to be carried out and two bite victims are worse than one.

N  -  Note the last location the snake was seen and any characteristics of the snake, colour, size, markings and body shape, ie heavily built, very skinny.  Secure the area (IF SAFE TO DO SO) eg, shut doors to contain the snake and if it is a small snake, put towels etc at the bottom of doors to prevent its escape.  Do not use your hands or bare feet to place towels  (you might meet the snake coming the other way!)  Instead, use a broom or similar object.  Do not go into a room, building or car where there is a snake, to close other door, windows etc.

(Identifying snakes can be tricky, with only a couple of species being able to be pretty confidently identified by a description of markings over the phone.  If you are not 110% sure that a snake is of a non-venomous variety, assume the snake is venomous.  Baby snakes of venomous species can be just as dangerous as their parents.)

A – Advise a licenced snake catcher (Nick 0418303625) or your local snake catcher.

(Snake catchers are required to hold a Damage Mitigation Permit issued by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and must release relocated snakes into the wild unless they are sick or injured.)

K – Keep people, especially children and pets, away from the area.

(This reduces the risk of someone getting bitten, prevents the snake from getting injured/scared and potentially makes it easier for the snake catcher as the animal is more likely to be calm when they arrive.)

E – Ensure the safety of people if they are outside, by keeping them hydrated and in the shade while awaiting the arrival of the snake catcher.

(In certain periods, snake catchers may be very busy so, depending on the likely type and location of the snake, it may be some time before the snake catcher will arrive.  If the first one you call is busy, try another but be patient.

The category of people second most likely to be bitten are untrained people trying to capture or kill a snake – Leave removal to the experts for the safety of you, your family or pets and the snake.


(If you call me, remember to ask me when I arrive, what people are in the category most likely to the bitten.)



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