UPDATED, Monday, noon:
Another person on Sunday attended at the Warrnambool Base Hospital with a suspected snake bite.
There were two reported snake attacks the previous weekend.
A South West Healthcares spokeswoman confirmed the latest suspected attack.
"Yesterday a person presented at SWH's Warrnambool emergency department for treatment for a suspected snake bite," she said.
"The person was admitted to the emergency observation unit and discharged on Monday morning and not treated with anti-venom," she said.
Suspected snake bite victim generally undergo blood testing and a neurological examination, but most snake bites do not require antivenom.
Last week: Two people were treated for suspected snake bites at Warrnambool Base Hospital last weekend sparking a warning from authorities.
A South West Healthcare spokeswoman said two people suspected of having been bitten by snakes were treated at the hospital's emergency department.
"On Saturday a confirmed case was treated with anti-venom," she said.
"The 70-year-old Melbourne man was admitted to intensive care for the night before being discharged Sunday afternoon.
"On Sunday, a Cooriemungle man was treated for a suspected snake bite.
"He was not given anti-venom. His symptoms were resolved and he was discharged," she said.
Ambulance Victoria confirmed paramedics were called at 2.20pm Sunday to an incident in Cooriemungle and a man was taken to the Warrnambool Base Hospital in a stable condition with lower body injuries.
It comes as anecdotal reports indicate snakes are particularly active this year.
Registered south-west snake catcher Neville Suter warned people they were liable for fines of up to $20,000 if they killed a snake.
"And the most dangerous aspect is that people risk being bitten if they attempt to kill a snake. That's when most people get bitten," he said.
"Don't attempt to kill it - call a licensed snake catch and watch it until they get there," he said.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning senior wildlife management officer Wes Burns said it was important to be aware that snakes may be around, and to know how to react if you came across one.
"Snakes are more common in rural areas or urban fringe, but they can also be found in towns and cities, particularly around watercourses and parkland," he said.
"If you want to reduce the chance of encountering a snake around your home, you can modify the area to make it less desirable for snakes."
Mr Burns said snakes played an important role in our ecosystem and were protected under the Wildlife Act 1975.
He said it was illegal to capture, harm, or kill them and reports of people wilfully destroying protected wildlife would be investigated.
The most common snakes in the south-west are tiger Snakes and copperheads, while eastern brown snakes could also be found in some areas.
Mr Burns said these species were venomous, but it was rare for them to bite people.
He said during warm weather snakes were out and about, but they usually preferred to keep away from people.
The wildlife officer said key points to remember about living in an area with snakes, included:
- When left alone, snakes present little or no danger to people.
- If you see a snake, keep calm and move yourself and anyone with you, including pets, away from the area.
- Don't attempt to capture or harm snakes. Instead, call DELWP on 136 186 for further advice.
- Maintain lawns and clean up around your house, as snakes are attracted to shelter such as piles of rocks and timber, sheets of metal, and building materials, and
- Undertake first aid training and ensure your first aid kit contains several compression bandages, and if someone is bitten, phone 000 immediately.
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