With the weather finally warming and more of us able to get out and about, it’s time to take notice of snakes moving around our beautiful Peninsula. Local snake catchers have already been called out to remove snakes from dozens of properties this season.
Snakes certainly aren’t creatures that most people want to get close to – and when it comes to the venomous types there’s good reason – but the reality is snakes are an important part of the ecosystem. They are also protected under the Wildlife Act 1975, and it is illegal to capture, kill or harm them; in fact, many bites occur when people try to kill snakes.
If you do encounter a snake on your property and you don’t want it there, particularly if you have children and pets, stay calm and call a licensed snake controller. If you’re out walking and one is in your path, take a couple of steps back from it.
You can find contact details for snake catchers on the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s webpage.