SNAKE SEASON: Natalie Hill with Coastal carpet python Taj.
SNAKE SEASON: Natalie Hill with Coastal carpet python Taj. John Gass Twesnake

Snakes about as weather warms up

GOLD Coast and Tweed residents may be enjoying the start of spring, but so are their reptile friends.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary senior reptile keeper Natalie Hill has urged residents not to panic if they find a snake in their home as the weather begins to warm.

"If you do find a snake in your home, it's best just to stay calm and call somebody to remove it," Ms Hill said.

"If you call the sanctuary we will find somebody in the area who has a permit to come and remove the snake.

"It's better to leave the snake alone than to try and catch it, especially because most people cannot tell if a snake is venomous."

Ms Hill advised residents who found themselves with a snake houseguest to monitor its movements until help arrived.

"Make sure you use caution and know where it is. Seal it in an area or close the door to the room if you can," Ms Hill said. "In many cases by the time the snake catcher has arrived the snake has escaped and it cannot be found in the house. As the weather warms up we are going to see a lot of movements from snakes."

In Australia there are about 3000 snake bites per year

Wear long pants and covered shoes when walking through bushland

If you find a snake in your home, enclose it in a room but don't try to catch it.



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