HEAT SEEKERS: Bruce McNaughton sent in this photo of a python sunning itself on Shelly Beach in Ballina last week.
HEAT SEEKERS: Bruce McNaughton sent in this photo of a python sunning itself on Shelly Beach in Ballina last week. Contributed

Snakes alive! and near us

THE weather is warming up and snakes are on the move.

Two local residents sent in photos of snakes sunning themselves in Ballina last week.

Bruce McNaughton snapped a python at Shelly Beach. As the sun went down, the snake retreated into the banksias in the dunes, he said.

Narelle Besseling, from East Ballina, took a photo of another python basking in the sun at The Serpentine.

If you see a snake, you can phone the Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers 24-hour hotline on 6628 1866.

The carers have given the following advice on what to do if you see a snake:

Narelle Besseling spotted this python at The Serpentine in Ballina. Photo Contributed
Narelle Besseling spotted this python at The Serpentine in Ballina. Photo Contributed Contributed

If you see a snake outside, stand still, then slowly walk away from it. They are short-sighted and chances are they haven't seen you, but they will pick up sudden movements or vibrations through the ground.

Observe the snake from a safe distance and call the Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers for advice.

If working outdoors or bushwalking always wear long pants and closed-in shoes. Snakes live in a range of habitats, so even during your trip to the beach you need to be aware when walking through the dunes.

If you find a snake in your house do not disturb it, leave the room, close doors and jam a towel or something similar under the door to prevent it escaping, then call the Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers.

If the snake is contained in a room it will be easier for a snake handler to locate and remove.


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