Watch out for snakes

THEY’RE on the move across the Coffs Coast and they’re not to be trifled with – as a Coffs Coast woman found out last week.

She was on a property at Missabotti west of Bowraville when she was bitten by a snake on Friday.

She described the snake, which bit her ankle and resulted in her being treated in hospital, as being ‘green and grey’ in colour.

Local reptile expert Steve McEwen believed it could have been a mildly venomous whip snake.

Mr McEwen was having his busiest time of the year and was fielding as many as six calls a day from people making inquiries or asking him to retrieve snakes from their properties.

“I’m getting calls at night and during the day. Most of the time I can identify snakes while I’m on the phone,” Mr McEwan said.

“Most people want to know if it’s a venomous snake or what the potency of the venom is.”

Mr McEwen said snakes were on the move at this time of year because of their breeding season.

“They are moving around a lot more looking for mates and food and they are the ones who come into contact with people, who are also out and about more enjoying the warmer weather,” he said.

“People need to be vigilant – during the day and at night now too – and wear protective clothing like long pants, enclosed shoes and long-sleeved shirts when they’re in the great outdoors.

“They should also know first aid.”

Mr McEwen said the best thing to do if you saw a snake was to leave it alone but to watch its movements.

Contact WIRES on 6652 7119 or call Mr McEwan on 6651 5244 or visit

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