Mandurah: warning to leave snake handling to the experts

Experts recommend avoiding handling snakes.
Experts recommend avoiding handling snakes.

RESIDENTS who come across snakes should not disturb them, according to fauna relocator Allison Dixon.

Ms Dixon said if a snake is a threat to people or dogs, such as near houses, parks, playgrounds or footpaths, the City of Mandurah has a list of people who can remove the snake.

However, if the snake is not disturbing anyone, leave it alone.

“Don’t pick it up,” Ms Dixon said.

“Most bites occur when people try to interfere.”

Kim Picken caught a one-metre Western Brown snake near the playground at the Novara boat ramp on January 8.

Kim Picken caught a one-metre Western Brown snake near the playground at the Novara boat ramp on January 8.

Ms Dixon said the hotspot areas for snakes were Florida and Melrose.

“I’ve had lots of calls from holiday makers to remove snakes from these areas,” she said.

Ms Dixon has also been calling for snake warning signs at Novara.