Spring snakes on the move
WITH the heady warmth of early spring now in the air our local snake population is stirring into action - looking both for love and for a feed.
Many motorists and householders have been encountering black and brown snakes on our roads and in their yards as the reptiles emerge from their winter break.
Yangan snake remover of many years Lyn Gynther has already fielded nearly a dozen calls to remove the unwelcome visitors.
She remains adamant no-one should ever try and kill a snake - whether it be via shotgun, shovel or other means.
"The vast majority of people who get bitten are the ones who try to kill a snake," she said.
"Just leave them, they will find an escape route and be on their way.
"If they go down a drain keep an eye out but no-one should ever try to kill a snake."
Ms Gynther said snakes were actively seeking mates and food sources with the warmth.
"If you are out gardening always wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves and closed-in shoes," she said.
"Snakes incubate their eggs for around 60 days and the first baby snakes will start to appear January and on into February."
Ms Gynther said red-bellied black snakes and eastern browns were the most common here, with the rare appearance of a taipan or a king brown, the latter of which in fact belongs to the black snake family.
She said the long-held theory that black snakes eat baby browns was legitimate, although it's not known why vice versa is not the case.
If you need a snake wrangled call Lyn on 0401487976 or check the Yellow Pages for other handlers.
Keep heart rate calm
Immediately bandage the entire bitten limb as firmly as you would for a sprained ankle, above and below the bite site.
Use splints to keep the limb straight and a second bandage if available.
Go to hospital even if you only suspect you have been bitten.