Snakes alive as temperatures rise

Residents are being warned to be on the lookout for snakes as they become more active with the onset of warmer weather.

Redland City Council environment spokesperson and Division 9 Councillor Paul Gleeson said residents needed to be aware that the onset of spring meant snakes were out and about.

“Snakes are part of living in Australia, particularly in the warmer months, so residents need to be aware and take precautions,” he said.

“Snakes generally come in looking for food and shelter, so keeping yards mowed and free of timber that attracts mice and rats will help keep a snake free environment.”

Cr Gleeson said there had already been a number of reports from residents about snakes in the Redlands.

“One lady contacted me to say that six snakes had been located in her backyard, so I think it is timely for all residents to keep in mind that snakes may be about,” he said.

“People should be particularly vigilant when they are outside gardening or hiking and wear protective clothing such as covered shoes, long pants and gloves.”

Cr Gleeson said the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Heritage Protection provided valuable tips on their website for people to keep their homes snake free.

“I think the most important thing to remember is that people should never interfere with a snake, in fact most snake bites occur when people try to capture or kill a snake,” he said.

“People also need to remember that snakes are a protected species, so it is actually an offence to kill, injure or take snakes from the wild.

“If a snake is in your house you can contact an authorised snake catcher to remove it.”

A snake catcher directory is provided on the Wildlife Queensland website