SEVEN snake sightings were reported to the City of Kwinana last month, leading to community concerns that snake sightings at popular beach spots were increasing.”
On September 21, a community member said a dugite, which is venomous, appeared from a crack in concrete at Kwinana Beach just metres from where a four-year old child was playing.
But City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the number of sightings was not unusual for this time of year.
“As the weather heats up, it’s normal snake behaviour for them to become more active, which means they are more likely to be encountered by people,” she said.
“If a snake is sighted, people should leave them alone and leave the area.
“If people find a snake on their property, they should call the Department of Parks and Wildlife, or if they are in Kwinana, they can contact the rangers on 9439 0200.”
The City of Rockingham does not log snake sightings, but it believed there have been no more sightings than usual.
Last month, a snake was spotted slithering across a pathway at Rockingham foreshore.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said snake sightings generally occurred around beachfronts, sand dunes and private property.
He encouraged community members to contact a snake handler or city rangers if a snake was a risk to public safety.