REPORTS of snake bites and sightings across the south-west are a reminder to be careful in your own backyard.
Licensed snake catcher Scott Grant, of Scotts Creek, said when temperatures were above 25 degrees, snakes were more likely to be near homes or sheds as they sought shade or cool air emitted from airconditioning units inside.
“Tiger snakes and copperheads are the major species you’ll encounter in the south-west,” Mr Grant said.
“I’ve got quite a few calls over the years for snakes in homes and sheds.”
He said snakes could enter homes through cracks under doors and gaps between pipes and walls.
They also were attracted to pet water bowls.
“Tiger snakes: I’ve seen them climb brickwork. They’ll get up into roofs,” Mr Grant said. He said eastern brown snakes could handle hotter temperatures but were also found in the area.
With snakes now on the move, the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) has reminded people what to do if they encounter one:
* If you see a snake, keep calm and try to move to a safe distance.
* Never touch or attempt to capture or hurt snakes. Instead call DSE on 136 186 for advice or call a licensed snake catcher.
* Have a spring clean around the house and cut lawns regularly. Snakes are attracted to shelter.
* Snakes are protected under the Wildlife Act.