Two bitten already in November

Two bitten already in November

A Singleton grandmother and Mandurah bouncer were both hospitalised after being bitten by venomous snakes.

Department of Parks and Wildlife officer Matthew Swan said snake encounters were on the rise.

‘When it comes to snakes, extra care should be taken when venturing outdoors, particularly near swamps, lakes and bush land,’ Mr Swan said.

‘Snakes will normally try to avoid humans, however people still need to be aware and take precautions, such as wearing long pants and enclosed shoes when walking along bush trails.’

Mr Swan said most snake bites occurred when people tried to catch or kill the reptile.

He also urged dog owners to take extra care when walking their dogs near wetlands and bushland areas because they rarely survived a venomous snake bite.

‘Residents can also reduce the risk of having a snake in their backyard by keeping their property clear of long grass and discarded household rubbish and building materials, which provide snakes with shelter,’ Mr Swan said. ‘Outdoor aviaries often attract snakes, and keeping the aviaries and their surrounding areas free from discarded bird seed would deter snakes’ favourite prey ” rats and mice.’

If you see a snake on your property, call 9474 9055.