BE CAREFUL as you head outdoors to enjoy the summer sunshine; just remember you are not the only one doing so.
As the weather warms up, snakes are also starting to go on the move.
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) spokesman Lawrence Orel said the warmer months are notorious times for snake bites.
Mr Orel is encouraging Clarence Valley residents to stay alert when out and about, especially in rural areas and to always watch out for the reptiles.
"As the weather heats up, people are becoming more active and are spending more time outside in their backyards and the local beaches. However snakes become more active in the warmer weather too. " Mr Orel said.
"Snakes are very good at detecting a person's approach because they can feel the vibrations in the ground. Often they will move out of the way and won't be seen by the person when they arrive.
"If you see a snake, the easiest and the safest thing to do is to stop any activity you're doing, stand completely still and let the snake move away."
All species of snakes are protected in NSW.
Penalties and fines of up to $3000 can apply if a person is found to have killed a snake unnecessarily.
Mr Orel said the offence can also incur a six month jail sentence.
Mr Orel said the eastern brown snake is the snake most often reported to be found in neighbourhood backyards. He said the species is renowned for being aggressive and should never be approached.
If a snake bite occurs call 000 immediately and keep the patient still and calm until medical assistance arrives.
Keep snakes at bay:
- Remove any corrugated iron, fallen limbs or wreckage from your yard.
- Keep your lawn short and don't allow your edges to become overgrown.
- If you have an outdoor birdcage clean it regularly to avoid attracting rats and mice which also attract snakes.
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