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Wildlife

If you see a snake?

There are people within the Shire of Toodyay that are happy to help you with the situation.  

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.

Remember, snakes are an integral part of the natural environment and play an important role in wildlife ecosystems.

Contact the Shire of Toodyay Rangers or a volunteer snake removalist and keep an eye on the snake’s location so they may remove and relocate the snake safely away from your property.

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 and avoid entering areas of long grass, rushes and undergrowth.
  • 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.

Shire of Toodyay snake handlers/removalists

The Shire of Toodyay Rangers are experienced with the safe handling and removal of snakes from people’s properties within the Shire of Toodyay.

Shire of Toodyay Rangers – 9574 9370 (7 days a week)

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.

Brian Foley – 0419 933 721

Ebony Francis – 0403 335 348 (AH / weekends)

John Hansen – 0491 228 742 (AH / weekends)