You should never attempt to approach or handle a snake. All snakes should be considered venomous and highly dangerous.
Snakes are a protected by law in Australia and cannot be taken from the wild, kept without a licence or traded without a licence.
Snakes are important in the food chain, they consume smaller animals such as mice. Snakes also provide food for other animals like birds and reptiles. For information about which snakes are found in Victoria, see Reptiles
Who should you call?
We are unable to assist with snake removal.
Please contact a licensed snake handler. You can find them through online directories such as the Yellow Pages or through search engines, or call Wildlife Victoria on (03) 8400 7300 who can help refer you to a licensed snake catcher.
Snakes around the home
Snakes near your home are usually just passing through on its way to, or from food, water or shelter.
Some tips to reduce the chance of snakes staying around:
- keep lawns and gardens maintained
- remove piles of wood away from the house
- ensure pet food and water bowls are left away from the home
- enclose compost heaps
- keep aviaries and chicken coops clean as these can attract mice
Most snake bites occur when people try to kill or capture them.
All snake bites must be treated as potentially life-threatening. If you are bitten by a snake, call triple zero (000).
Visit snake bites for information on types of snake bites, snake identification and first aid recommendations.