Snakes!

A number of residents have reported that they’ve seen snakes recently in residential areas.  Here is some advice about what to do if you find a snake.

Above all, leave it alone and report it to the council immediately on 9932 1000 (BH) or 9947 4685 (AH).  The council will arrange for a professional wildlife controller to remove the snake free of charge.  DO NOT attempt to remove the snake yourself.

 

IF YOU ARE BITTEN:-
1. Do not wash the wound
2. Apply pressure on the wound with a bandage & immobilise the injured area.
3. Have someone take you to the nearest hospital. (Anti-venom is kept at the Western Hospital in Footscray and Sunshine, at the Williamstown Hospital and at the Werribee Mercy Hospital).

 

PREVENTION:
Decrease the chance of snakes in and around your property by maintaining your garden, cutting grass regularly (the vibrations also deter snakes from your home) and do not pile things against your fence.

Animals like chickens and rabbits attract mice, which then attract snakes.

When gardening, wear gloves and footwear. Extra layers help protect from snakebites.

Remove any gaps or holes in your fence and extend your fence with metal or plastic sheeting into the ground.

 

TYPES OF SNAKES IN HOBSONS BAY:-
Brown Snake – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_brown_snake
Tiger Snake – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_snake

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:-

http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/about-depi/media-releases/snakes-alive-as-summer-arrives-keep-your-distance