Snakes are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975. It's illegal to interfere with, capture, kill or harm them.
What to do if you see a snake
If you see a snake:
- keep calm
- try to move yourself, anyone with you and your pets away from the snake
- never touch or attempt to capture or hurt a snake
- warn others in the area.
Bites can occur when snakes feel threatened or cornered – this usually occurs when people interfere with or try to capture or kill them.
If you think someone has been bitten by a snake, call 000 immediately.
Removal of snakes
Removal of snakes is not a Council role. Local contractors are available to remove snakes from private residences. However, if you see a snake in a public space please call Council on 1300 365 222.
For more information about protection or removal of snakes, please contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on 136 186.