Wildlife

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If you see a snake?

Snakes are protected under the Wildlife protection act.  The Shire of Toodyay does not manage the control or removal of animal pests or invasive species.  

If you see a snake, do not approach or aggravate it in any way. Most bites occur when people accidentally step on snakes, or while attempting to kill them. As the warmer days of spring approach, snakes become more active as they leave their winter retreats in search of a mate and food.

Precautions

  • Learn the correct treatment for snakebite. (First aid information from St John).
  • Be aware and take care in bushland and grassy areas, especially when outside in spring and summer.
  • When out in the garden or bushland, wear long trousers and boots or other enclosed footwear that preferably covers the ankles.
  • Walk and/or cycle in cleared areas only, where you can see the ground.
  • Around your home remove long grass and items lying on the ground such as corrugated iron, which may provide cover for snakes.
  • Keep a watchful eye on the ground about a metre ahead of where you are walking.
  • Remove long grass and items lying on the ground such as corrugated iron which may provide cover for snakes near your home.
  • Reduce mice numbers around the house.

Volunteer snake removalists

The Shire has the phone numbers of a few people in Toodyay that handle/remove snakes for the general public. These individuals are not hired by the Shire.  They volunteer their time to help those unable to deal with snake situations themselves.

Sue Eldridge – 0408 944 981 / 9574 5407 ($25 call out)

Brian Foley – 0419 933 721

Ebony Francis – 0403 335 348 (AH / weekends)

John Hansen – 0491 228 742 (AH / weekends)