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:
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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