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Red Bellied Black Snake

Areas such as sheds, buildings, rubble, long grass or places that are cool, dark and provide protection are the typical areas where snakes are found. They are most active in the warmer months after hibernation and sometimes stray into urban areas in search of food, water and shelter.

There are 23 different species of snakes on the Mid North Coast, with the most common species being the brown snake and the red-bellied black snake both of which are considered extremely venomous.

Discourage snakes from coming onto your property by:

  • Ensuring that your garden is well maintained and lawns mowed regularly
  • Keeping your property free of rubbish and debris
  • Controlling rats and mice around your property.

The Community are reminded not to approach snakes under any circumstances and to contact FAWNA on 6581 4141 of any sightings. The Office of Environment and Heritage also have a list of local reptile handlers or contact them on 131 555. 

Please note that Council rangers and staff are not responsible for the removal or management of snakes or other native animals.

If you are bitten by a snake keep perfectly still and cover as much of the limb as possible with a compression bandage before seeking urgent medical assistance.

As with all Australian native animals, snakes are protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 and cannot lawfully be killed or taken from the wild and held in captivity.

This page was last updated on: 15 October 2018