Stewy the Snake Catcher warns residents across the west that with snake season is upon us.
With increase development in Wyndham more snakes would be coming out as they could no longer hide in vacant land.
Stewart Gatt, a Wyndham based snake expert, is an official snake hunter for the Hobsons Bay and Brimbank councils.
Mr Gatt said he attended 20 to 30 call-outs during the last fortnight of August
Mr Gatt said in he has attended call-outs in suburbs including Wyndham Vale, Werribee, Hoppers Crossing, Point Cook, Albion and Deer Park.
“The calls have mostly been related to tiger snakes, plus a couple brown snakes and whip snakes,” said Gatt
He said that as more houses are built on the fringes of Melbourne, in municipalities such as Wyndham and Melton, snakes are driven further out into paddocks or back towards suburbia
“We are getting lots of calls at the moment from people who are walking their dogs or because their dog started barking in the backyard,” he said.
Mr Gatt said he was keen to remind people that snakes were protected by law across Australia
He said it was important for people who see a snake on their property to contact a licensed snake catcher and not try to deal with the reptile themselves
“Ring a snake catcher, even if it is just to get advice, they’re happy to help,” he said.
“Around 95 per cent of people who are bitten are usually trying to catch or kill a snake.”
Mr Gatt said people should brush up on first aid related to snake bites “as it may save your life”.
More than 100 snakes have reared their heads in Wyndham since the start of spring.
Point Cook was the most popular place for the slithery creatures to be found with the next highest being Werribee
People should make sure their yard is clean, grass and plants are kept short, litter is removed, and there are no gaps in the fences.
If you see a snake:
Watch it from a safe distance and don’t touch it. Safely remove any pets from the area. If the snake is visible, call Wyndham Council on 9742 0777.
Alternatively you can also report a snake to the Werribee News for a public announcements and warnings
If you are bitten, call 000 immediately. If your pet may have been bitten, seek help if they show signs of vomiting, excess salivation, incoherence and stumbling.