THE City of Stirling is reminding residents to be aware they are sharing bushland and coastal reserves with some slithery neighbours.
Signs asking residents to be mindful of native snakes are being installed at the entrance to bushland, wetlands and coastal reserves around the City of Stirling in the lead up to summer.
The signs warn residents to watch out for snake activity increasing during the warmer months as the reptiles emerge from hibernation in search of food, a mate, and to bask in the sun.
City of Stirling parks and reserves manager Ian Hunter said native snakes, such as dugites and tiger snakes, were present in some areas of the City and warned people against trying to catch or kill them.
‘The majority of snake bites occur when people or pets try to aggravate, catch or kill the snake,’ Mr Hunter said.
‘Dog owners need to be particularly careful that their pets are kept on a leash in areas where native snakes are likely to be active.
‘This greatly avoids the potential for contact between the animals.’
Mr Hunter said most snakes sighted in public parks and other areas are often only passing through and should not be interfered with.
Residents can reduce the risk of snakes entering their properties by ensuring yards are free of tall weeds, rubbish, building materials, and that uneaten pet food is discarded so it doesn’t attract mice.
Residents concerned about snakes on their property can contact the Department of Parks and Wildlife on 9219 9840.
Licensed operators are able to safely remove and relocate the snakes.