Residents in Ballarat need to always be aware of the potential danger of coming across a snake, particularly in the summer months.

Snakes thrive in warm weather and are most active on warm nights, particularly during October to April. They are often found in bushy areas around creeks and in backyards near these creeks, usually in search of water, food and a place to hide.

Snakes normally avoid people, but if they are disturbed or feel threatened, they may bite and are highly venomous.

Snakes are a protected speciesTop of document.

Although we all need to be extremely careful around snakes, they are an important part of our environment and are a protected species under state law.

Most snake bites are a result of people trying to catch or kill snakes. Avoiding areas where snakes live and making sure that children respect and understand snakes can reduce risk.

What to do if you see a snakeTop of document.

In the event that you do come across a snake,never attempt to approach, handle, capture or kill it. Stay well away, keep calm and makes sure children and pets also keep their distance.

Snakes on private land are the responsibility of the owner or occupier. You should contact a qualified snake handler to collect the snake from the list below.

Snakes reported on public land can be directed to the Department of Land Water & Planning’s Wildlife Officers at Ballarat on 5336 6856.

Council Compliance Officers are not qualified nor approved to collect snakes, dead or alive.

Please note that the collection of reptiles may incur a fee and it is suggested that you discuss this with the handler prior to booking.

This handler is licensed to safely remove snakes. This is a private service that incurs a fee.

If you are bitten by a snake, dial 000 immediately.