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Living with snakes

Backyards

Photo:  EHP

Photo: EHP

Make your backyard unsuitable for snakes by having garden beds away from the house. Keep the lawn well maintained and low in height. This is an example of a snake-safe yard.

Homes

Photo:  EHP

Photo: EHP

Stop snakes entering your home by screening doors and windows, and blocking all potential entry points.

If a snake finds its way into your home, close your internal doors, open your external doors and give the snake a chance to leave.

Never interfere with snakes. They will defend themselves. A high proportion of snakebites have resulted from people trying to handle, interfere with or kill snakes.

Timber piles and compost

Always ensure that timber piles are neatly stacked preventing shelter for rodents and snakes. Tidy up your yard during the colder months when snakes are less active.

Place food scraps in closed compost bins to make sure that rodents aren't attracted to your home.

Nurseries and aviaries

A raised nursery - nowhere for a snake to hide  Photo:  EHP

A raised nursery - nowhere for a snake to hide Photo: EHP

Keep your nursery and greenhouse tidy. The warm environment can attract snakes.

Notice that this nursery has elevated trays to ensure visibility, and a clean and tidy working environment.

Rats and birds attract snakes. Make your bird aviaries rat and snake-proof. Talk to your pet shop about ways to prevent snakes entering aviaries. Store bird seed in rodent-proof containers.

Gardening and yard work

Photo: EHP

Photo: EHP

When gardening, wear gloves, long pants and covered shoes.

Always lift objects so that they face away from you. This reduces the likelihood of putting yourself in a dangerous situation if a snake is sheltering underneath.

The outdoors

When hiking:

  • always stay on formed paths or tracks so that you can see and avoid snakes,
  • carry a first aid kit that contains pressure bandages with you,
  • always wear protective clothing such as covered shoes and trousers, and
  • carry a torch at night so that you can see where you are going.
Last reviewed
26 November 2015
Last updated
6 June 2011