Snakes alive! They’re back

A dugite. Picture: Matt Swan, Department of Parks and Wildlife.
A dugite. Picture: Matt Swan, Department of Parks and Wildlife.

The incident followed a warning from the Department of Parks and Wildlife that the spring sunshine would bring with it increased snake activity.

Department officer Emma Lipianin said snakes and reptiles were emerging from their winter hibernation.

‘We recommend people take extra care when venturing outdoors, particularly near swamps, lakes and bushland,’ she said.

She said residents could reduce the likelihood of a snake setting up shop in their back yard by cutting long grass and removing rubbish and building materials which could act as shelter.

St John first aid services and training general manager Jane Mahon said first aid can make all the difference to a snake bite victim.

‘After you’ve called triple zero, apply a tight bandage to the area of the body on which the person has been bitten,’ she said.

‘Make sure the bandage is tight enough to stop blood flow to the limb.

‘If you don’t have bandage or gauze, then improvise with a towel, shirt, seatbelt or something else at hand.’