Snakes already on the move across Macarthur

Advertiser photographer Chris Lane snapped this snake at Cataract Dam
Advertiser photographer Chris Lane snapped this snake at Cataract Dam

Spring has only just sprung but snakes are already slithering around Macarthur suburbs.

Advertiser photographer Chris Lane has seen two snakes in the past week while out and about across the region.

Australian Snake Catchers owner Sean Cade said snakes were more active during spring as it is mating season.

"Eastern brown snakes can breed all year round but red bellied black snakes breed during spring," he said.

"People will particularly see a lot of larger and more robust male snakes out as they are searching for a mate."

The most common slithery reptiles sighted in Macarthur are red bellied black and eastern brown snakes.

Mr Cade said it was important not to approach snakes.

"I always tell people to treat all snakes like they are venomous," he said.

"Red bellies are unmistakable because they are black with a red belly but brown snakes can come in a whole range of colours - orange, black, grey, brown, light brown and more.

"If you see a snake back away slowly, keep pets and kids away.

"Most people who are bitten by snakes try to catch or kill them - call a professional and we will deal with it."

This serpent was spotted at Harrington Park Lake. Picture: Chris Lane

This serpent was spotted at Harrington Park Lake. Picture: Chris Lane

In the case of a snake bite Mr Cade said it was important to remain calm.

"It's important not to move too much or get worked up," he said.

"Try to keep yourself or the person who has been bitten calm, don't try to move, call an ambulance and have them come to help you."

Mr Cade said Australian Snake Catchers had been receiving calls to capture reptiles once a week since 2017.

"It has been pretty dry and not super cold so snakes have been around a lot," he said.

"Now that it is warming up they'll be seen more often too.

"In Macarthur there is a lot of development and new houses so snakes are venturing into urban habitats.

"They are losing their habitat and have nowhere else to go.

"Humans can coexist with snakes, people just need to be educated about what to do when they see one."

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