Is It a Snake?
If you see something long, thin and slithery in the backyard, walk away from it slowly. Not all snakes are venomous but you don't want to take a risk. Back away, and keep an eye on it from several metres away.
You may see a snake during spring in particular, when males are looking for a mate.
Snakes are also sometimes drawn to our houses because they are good source of water. Your pet's water bowl on the verandah or even the water in a toilet could be attracting a snake. If this is the case for you, try placing a shallow dish of water at your fence line so the snake doesn't have to come any closer to have a drink.
Keep your pets and children indoors. Snakes will usually move away from homes soon enough, as they are often as scared of us as we are of them.
If the snake is inside your house, leave the snake a possible avenue of escape such as an open window, close the door of the room it is in and place a towel under the door.
To have a snake removed, call your state's Environment Department or Parks and Wildlife Service. They will be able to give you the details of a licensed snake handler.
Snakes should not be relocated out of their territories, as they have a very low chance of survival in this instance.
If you're curious about what kind of snake it is, take a picture from a safe distance and send it to the Australian Museum to identify for you.
Do not try to catch or disturb the snake, as this is when accidents can happen. Snakes are also protected under legislation, so it is illegal to harm them. In the very, very unlikely event that someone is bitten by a snake, you do not need to catch the snake so that the hospital staff can identify the correct anti-venom. Click here to find out more about what to do in the event of a snake bite.