The sighting of Brown Snakes causes concerns for many residents. These native animals are waking up out of winter hibernation and are looking for food. Snakes eat insects, frogs, smaller lizards and mice. Snakes are attracted to hidden areas such as dense vegetation but also to places where materials such as timber, sheet iron or household waste is stacked or stored.
As such a lot can be done to deter snakes by simply clearing such materials away from the house and keeping lawns mown and grounds around the house tidy. Snakes can also move a long way in a day. So a snake seen in the morning in one yard can be far away by the afternoon. After all, they are on the move looking for food.
Snakes such as Brown Snakes have no interest in hurting people but will of course defend themselves if they feel threatened. If you encounter a snake, its first reaction is to get away from you as quickly as possible. Generally, people are bitten by snakes when they try to catch them or confront them, so it is best to simply let them move on. There are professional snake catchers who can assist if you feel that a snake is staying around an area. The details of these catchers can be found on Council's Snakes web page.
Of course when you are cleaning up areas, be sure to wear thick gloves, long pants and long shirt sleeves and sturdy boots. Snakes are part of our environment and assist in keeping mice numbers down, which is a good thing. Being aware of your environment and removing snake harbour goes a long way to keeping you and your family safe.
For more information, please visit the South Australian Government Department for Environment and Water's website.