There are several species of snakes in Casey; including Copperhead, Tiger and Red-bellied Black snakes.
South of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria nearly all snakes longer than about 40cm are likely to be toxic to humans.
Increased temperatures in spring and summer mean that snakes and other reptiles come out to bask in the sun. Snakes normally avoid people, but there is an element of risk for people and their animals.
If you find a snake on your property keep an eye on it to see where it goes and call Wildlife Victoria on 1300 094 535 for contact details of licensed snake handlers nearest to you. In the Casey area, there are several wildlife controllers who specialise in the capture and removal of snakes.
Snakes are protected in Victoria under the Wildlife Act 1975. Do not attempt to catch or kill snakes as most cases of snakebite occur this way.
What you can do
Snakes on your property:
- Be alert during warm weather when snakes are likely to be active. Use a torch and take particular care when walking at night where there might be snakes, and wear shoes or boots as protection.
- Reduce the likelihood of snakes entering your property by making it less attractive to mice and frogs as snakes prey on these animals. If you want to create a habitat for frogs, make sure it is away from buildings.
- Other things you can do include keeping grass very short and removing rubbish, piles of wood and other cover, such as sheets of iron.
- Domestic animals such as dogs and geese can provide increased security as they are known for warning their owners of the presence of snakes.
Snakes in reserves and parks:
- Keep to paths
- Avoid areas of long grass
- Keep your dog on a leash
- If you see a snake don't try to get around it. Turn back and find an alternate route.