Snake season has started – beware

Perth residents are being warned about snakes as the spring weather gets warmer.
Perth residents are being warned about snakes as the spring weather gets warmer.

SNAKE sightings in Cannington and Ferndale are a reminder for locals to be vigilant when walking in parks and bushlands.

The City of Canning is home to a number of native snake species, with the most commonly sighted the tiger snake and dugite.

The highly venomous snakes are found in natural bushland, wetlands and recreational spaces such as parks and footpaths.

Canning Mayor Paul Ng said snakes were an important part of the natural environment and provide an indication that an ecosystem is healthy.

“It is common for snakes to become more active as the warmer spring weather approaches, but they should not be feared, just treated with caution,’’ he said.

“Most snakebites occur when people accidentally step on them or when attempting to kill them.”

If you spot a snake in a recreational space, you can call the City on 1300 422 664 and an officer will relocate it.

Snakes are a protected species in Western Australia and it is an offence to kill a snake under the Wildlife Conservation Act.