Warmer Weather Leads to Snake Sightings in Lane Cove

Summer is not even officially here and ITC has been advised of a snake sighting in Lane Cove West.

An In the Cove roving reporter advised the following:

Just a cautionary note: we had a red belly black snake in our front yard in Lane Cove West today. Never had this before in 12 years of living here despite seeing them and brown snakes down the bush near here on several occasions. I had been for a walk down the bush in the morning and noticed how incredibly dry it was. Obviously, the wildlife is looking further afield for food and water. So please be careful in your gardens while this dry weather lasts.

The two most common snakes to be seen in our backyards are the red-bellied black snake and the brown snake. It is mating season for the red-bellied black snake so they will be seen more.  However urban development is also a factor.  The snake’s habitat is being disturbed by excavation and demolition.  Snakes are protected species and harming them is illegal.
This snake was seen at Blackman Park on Thursday 21 September 2017
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According to Australian Snake Catchers, you should take the following steps:
  • Never attempt to pick a snake up or prod or touch them with a stick
  • Make sure your backyards are clean and well-maintained to keep them snake-free.  If you need help with cleaning up your backyard contact One Touch Garden Care and Maintenance (a local Lane Cove gardening business).  Experts say you should cut your grass regularly and not leave piles of timber, branches, and wood around.

 

Alix, a local Lane Cove snake catcher, works with Sydney Wildlife (a not for profit). She advised ITC that if anyone finds a snake on their property (or garage), they can call Sydney Wildlife on 9413 4300, 24/7. A local snake catcher is always on call to help relocate/help out anyone needing some help. Sydney Wildlife is an entirely free service.  Alix advised that 99% of the snakes she has captured locally are non-venomous. All native snakes in NSW are protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

You can also contact Australian Snake Catchers on 0410 761 575.

At this time of year, snakes move more quickly so you need to be observant.  Don’t leave shoes outside.

You are more likely to see snakes if you live near bushland (and we know there is plenty of bushland around Lane Cove).
If you have a pool check the pool and filter before swimming as the drier conditions mean that funnel web spiders are also looking for water.  You can find out more here.
Cover Photo:  Red Bellied Black Snake – Australian Snake Catchers Facebook Page

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