RESEARCH indicates about 3000 people are bitten by snakes every year, with figures at their highest in January.
A pet suspected of having a snake bite should be taken immediately to the closest emergency vet.
According to Pet Insurance Australia, the following steps could help prevent snake bites:
n Keep pets on a leash in bush or long grass;
n Keep lawns and grass short;
n Move woodpiles away from dog areas;
n Check for snakes and skins;
n Leave water features empty;
n Consider keeping cats indoors during these months.