Snakes on the move

Published on 28 September 2022


Despite a cool start to spring weather, snakes are on the move again. 

Please be careful when walking along reserves, creeks and in rural areas. We encourage you to choose wider walking trails, stay on the paths, avoid going too close to the water and walk dogs on a lead.

The most frequently encountered snakes are the venomous brown or red-bellied black snake species, however it is rare for them to bite people if left alone.

If you see a snake, keep your distance and do not disturb it.

If you are ever bitten by a snake, make sure you do the following:

  • Call 000 immediately
  • Try to stay as calm as possible
  • Stay as immobile as possible until help has arrived

Snakes are a protected species so you should not try to kill them.

If you see a snake on Council land, please report it to us on 8397 7444. 

We recommend you contact a snake catcher to assist with snakes on private land.


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