SPRING signals the start of snake season and south-west residents are warned to be wary.
Senior scientist from the Department of Sustainability and Environment’s (DSE) Arthur Rylah Institute Nick Clemman said snakes would be emerging from their winter hibernation to bask in the sun and look for food and a mate.
“Spring means more people are out walking their dogs, cycling, bushwalking, enjoying parks and gardening so, depending where they live and walk, they are quite likely to encounter a snake,” Mr Clemman said.
Snakes are more common in areas around the urban fringe or in rural areas. They are also likely to be around watercourses and parklands.
“Never touch or attempt to capture or hurt snakes. Call the DSE on 136186 or a licensed snake catcher,” he said.
It is illegal to capture, kill or harm snakes under the Wildlife Act.