Leave snakes to the experts

Local snake handler Shane Bailey, with his pet python, warns residents to be extra vigilant this summer.
Local snake handler Shane Bailey, with his pet python, warns residents to be extra vigilant this summer. Kaitlyn Gutzke Emesnake

AS THE weather warms up, residents are urged to be vigilant as our slippery reptile friends are sure to make an appearance in the area.

Local snake handler Shane Bailey specialises in venomous snake extraction and warned residents of the dangers of handling a snake without experience.

"Ninety-five per cent of snake bites happen when someone is trying to handle a snake, and it is just not a good idea if you don't know what you are doing," Shane said.

"Don't get your mates to do it, don't try to do it yourself, call me or call someone who has some experience in doing it."

Due to work commitments Shane is not available at all times, but he said there were ways to lessen the attraction of your home to a snake.

"There is no way to 100% proof your house, but if you do things like clean your garden, make sure there is no unnecessary debris laying around, and keep your lawns mowed - you are well on your way to making it a less than ideal place for a snake to hang out," he said.

Shane said if residents saw a snake on their property, it was important they did not kill it.

"If you see a snake and it is in the yard, there is a bloody good chance it has already seen you as well - so it is just going to be moving through. Just keep kids away and keep dogs away," he said.

"If it is in the house, try to contain it by putting a wet towel under the door - and keep an eye on it from a safe distance because they are absolute Houdinis at getting into the weirdest places.

"Don't kill it. Call me and I'll come and get rid of it for you," he said.

"This is a much better choice than the alternative, because as I said 95% of snake bites happen when people try to kill or handle them."

Shane said if a snake bite occurred, it was important to stay calm, apply a pressure bandage to the limb and call 000.

For more information or to have a snake removed, phone Shane on 0447 778 734, or visit his Facebook page - First Strike Reptile Rescues.

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