Spring is the time of year that snakes wake up hungry from hibernating over winter. It seems like this year’s winter has lasted longer than normal so those Joe Blake’s will be extra hungry.
What are some of the things we can do to keep ourselves safe without going overboard?
Don’t try to catch a snake because that’s when most bites occur. In fact the last thing often said by a person before being bitten is “hey mate, could you hold my beer.”
Most snakebites occur around the ankles. So wear boots and long pants when walking in the
Don’t walk in long grass if you can avoid it.
Snakes don’t have ears but are very sensitive to vibrations, so walking noisily can alert them to you approach and give them time to get away.
Be careful when stepping over logs if you can’t see what’s on the other side.
Snakes like to sunbake in the open, but not when it’s really hot. Mornings are when you are most likely to find them warming up on a road or a rock or other warm open surface.
Snakes like to hide under sheets of tin because they are warm, so be careful when lifting. Store tin standing up so snakes can’t hide under it.
If you come across a snake on your path, slowly back away.
Snakes can be attracted to compost not only because it is warm but also because there maybe rats or mice living in it.
Avoid leaving pet food out that may attract rats and mice and therefore snakes.
Keep wood piles away from the house because snakes like to hide in them.
Keep lawns tidy to increase chances of seeing snakes from a safe distance.
Here’s a recipe I found for natural snake repellent from a guy called Allan Burnett of Reptile Awareness Displays of Australia.
120ml oil of cloves
20 ml Eucalyptus oil
20 ml tea Tree oil
20ml Sandalwood oil
Dilute to 1 litre with water and spray around house, paths and children’s play areas.
If you need a snake removed from your house, close the door and call a registered snake catcher.
Remember snakes are protected wildlife in Australia.