The Sutherland Shire is home to many different species of snakes. Common non-venomous snakes found throughout the Greater Sydney region include diamond and carpet pythons and the green tree snake. Venomous species include the common brown, eastern tiger and red-bellied black. Snakes have a varied diet including small mammals, birds, reptiles and frogs. They can be found in a number of different environments, including grass and woodlands, wetlands, in roofs and high up in the branches of trees. Most snakes will instinctively avoid human contact, but may become aggressive if startled or threatened.
Snakes are a protected species throughout NSW and a permit is required to remove them. If you discover a snake on your property, do not approach it. Ensure children and pets remain at a safe distance. If it is safe to do so, note which direction the snake goes. Call one of the authorities below
- If you need a snake removed from your property you can contact a licensed snake catcher for assistance.
- The RSPCA provides advice on what to do if you find a snake in or around your house.
- Report injured snakes to WIRES or alternatively the fire brigade or police.
If you or a family member are bitten by a snake, do not attempt to wash the site or remove the venom yourself. This can make it difficult for medics to identify the venom. Bandage the area firmly and call 000.