Beware snake mating season
A RECORD number of snakes slithered out from under rocks and holes this spring and Warwick has proved to be their top hunting ground as they go on the prowl for a mate.
Snake catcher Lyn Gynther said she had noticed an increase in the number of calls received so far this year.
"On average, six calls a day," she said.
"They are mainly in Warwick; there was one at the 8 mile and Clintonvale."
Mrs Gynther said the most common snakes this year were red belly blacks and brown snakes.
"Snakes are out looking for mates because it is coming into breeding season and they are looking for a hole to lay their eggs or babies in."
The snake catcher is warning residents in the CBD and surrounds to be cautious by wearing protective clothing, keeping the yard tidy and using a torch.
"If there is a snake in the yard, squirt it with the hose, pushing it in the direction you want it to go and don't make any sharp or jerky movements," she said.
"If you do come up against a snake don't panic, stand still, never corner the snake, allow it an exit route and then back away slowly," she said.
The warning comes almost 12 months after Wheatvale woman Narelle Pails died from a snake bite.
For snake removal phone Mrs Gynther on 4667 8476.
Residents said they had spotted snakes in West Warwick, Bisley St and at the Leslie Dam turn-off.
If you have seen a snake email the location and type to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT TO DO - If bitten by a snake
- Phone 000
- Check airway, breathing and circulation
- Apply a crepe bandage over the bite site and then cover the entire limb