Snakes alive

Residents of the Lismore region are being warned to watch out for snakes following a spate of snake bites in the area recently.

An ambulance spokesperson said people should be extremely vigilant for snakes this summer as the reptiles tended to be more active in warmer weather.

In the past month, ambulance paramedics have treated at least seven snake-bite victims throughout the state.

The following precautions are recommended to reduce the risk of snake bite: if you come across a snake, leave it alone and walk away as a snake will usually not bite unless it is threatened; never touch or attempt to catch snakes; wear sensible, closed-in footwear when in high-risk areas; be very vigilant and watch where youre walking in areas that snakes may inhabit and; stay on designated tracks when bushwalking.

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