Snakes in our environment

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Snakes can be found throughout many areas across the Yarra Ranges. You are more likely to see snakes through the months of October to April when the weather is warmer.
Snakes are usually in bushy areas around water sources. This means that the areas of the Yarra Ranges where water is available, such as around our lakes, rivers and creeks, are perfect places for a snake to find water, food and habitat. 
Snakes normally avoid people and often move away before you see them, but may bite if they are disturbed or threatened. 
Snakes are an important part of our environment and are a protected species under state law, however there are a few things you can do to reduce their presence around your home:   
  • Keep grass areas in your garden mown or brush-cut
  • Remove debris including rubbish and building material from your property
  • Wear gloves, layers and protective shoes while working outside
  • Keep pets away from bushy areas with tall grass
If you see a snake in a council park or reserve, keep calm and keep the kids and pets away. Snakes will often move to safety as soon as you are a safe distance away.


Yarra Ranges Council will not remove snakes from public land. For snakes on private property you can contact a licensed snake handler by calling the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on 13 61 86 to get the contact details for a snake handler.

If you are bitten by a snake, dial 000 immediately.