Snakes

What to do when you see a snake

During the warmer weather reptiles are on the move, so the possibility of encountering one is greatly enhanced.

The Town of Cambridge Administration Building and surrounding area is not immune to having some of our scaly friends stop in to look for food or shelter.

The following is some advice on what to do if you happen to encounter one of our reptile friends in the future.

STAY CALM

  • Though this seems difficult, this is one of the most important pieces of advice when spotting a snake or lizard is to remain calm.

MOVE SLOWLY

  •  Stay still, don't panic and try to move away slowly. 

WATCH IT - WITHOUT TOUCHING

  • Try to keep watch where the reptile goes. This helps the licenced reptile removalist find it easily.
  • Do not attempt to catch or hurt the animal yourself. Even if you think it is safe to do so. The reptile generally only attacks when feeling threatened.

CALL RANGERS

  • Call the Rangers Administration for assistance on 9347 6000.
  • Do not call a Ranger on their direct mobile. Not all Rangers are qualified to remove and relocate reptiles.
  • Ranger Administration will arrange for a licenced Ranger to remove the reptile.

IF BITTEN

  • Stay calm.
  • Call 000.
  • Apply first aid.
  • Remain as still as possible until help arrives.