With the weather warming up, snakes are starting to emerge from their winter hibernation to bask in the sun and search for food and a mate.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Senior Wildlife Management Officer, Belinda Cant said: “Spring weather has brought some snakes out of hibernation across Victoria.”
“Snake species commonly found in the Grampians region include the Copperhead, Tiger, Red Bellied Black and Brown snake.
“Most snake bites occur when people try to capture or kill a snake.
“Snakes can be known to bite animals, such as dogs, if they feel threatened. If your dog or cat encounters a snake, the best course of action is to remove your pet from the area or tie it up while the snake passes and if you suspect your pet has been bitten take it to a vet immediately.
“Snakes are generally very shy and prefer to keep away from people and often when a snake is found in a backyard it’s because it’s moving through the area to other habitat.
“Snakes are more common around the urban fringe or in rural parts of Victoria, but they can also be found close to cities and towns, particularly around watercourses and parkland.
“Whether you’re exercising outdoors or gardening, please be aware that snakes may be around, and make sure you’re informed about how to react to them if you encounter one,” Ms Cant said.