SPRING has brought with it warnings about magpies and snakes from the City of Wanneroo.
The City issued two statements today, offering tips on avoiding swooping magpies and what people should do if they see snakes.
“Spring marks the beginning of the magpie nesting season, bringing an increased chance of being swooped as magpies protect their nests and young,” one statement said.
“The best way to avoid being swooped is to stay away from areas known to have nesting magpies.
“Within the City of Wanneroo, Lake Joondalup on Scenic Drive is a known risk area and the City has installed warning signage to raise awareness.”
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) advised people to wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and carry an umbrella for protection.
It advised cyclists to wear a helmet as well as dismounting and walking through magpie areas.
It also said people should not throw rocks or sticks at the birds as that usually made the birds more defensive.
To report concerns about aggressive magpies, call the Wildcare helpline on 9474 9055 or the City’s conservation team on 9405 5000.
Snakes active in warmer weather
As the warmer weather approaches and snakes become more active, the City advised people to have an action plan in place to deal with uninvited slithering guests in homes, gardens or workplaces.
It said the most common snakes in the area were tiger snakes and dugites (spotted brown snakes), which were both venomous.
Rangers are not authorised to handle snakes, so people who come across a snake away from its natural habitat can call the DBCA Wildlcare helpline on 9474 9055 or find details of the nearest registered snake catcher at www.snakecatchers.com .
“In the meantime, keep a safe distance and do not try to harm the snake – 80 per cent of snake bites are caused by inexperienced people trying to move them on or kill them,” a statement said.
“Avoid any sudden movements which can cause the snake to slither out of sight.
“It’s important to keep snakes in sight until the catcher arrives so that they can be removed as quickly as possible.
“Once snakes are caught they are released back into the bush, away from homes.”