Snakes are often seen around Perth during spring and summer.
They can pose a risk to people and their pets but they are also an integral part of the natural environment and play an important role in wildlife ecosystems. They are protected under the Biodiversity Conservation Act.
Snakes may be attracted to residential gardens to shelter in wood piles, rubbish and green waste. Generally they are attracted by a food source such as mice. Around your home, remove long grass and items lying on the ground which may provide food and cover for snakes.
Snakes on your private property
If you see a snake in your garden, do not approach it and take children and pets indoors. Most snake bites occur when people accidentally step on snakes or attempt to kill them.
City Rangers are unable to assist with Snakes on private property. Residents will need to arrange an appropriately qualified snake catcher or pest controller to assist with removal.
Conducting an internet search for a snake catcher in your area will provide relevant information. If a volunteer snake remover cannot be found, residents will need to engage the services of a commercial snake remover or fee for service volunteer.
Public Places, Council Reserves & Parks, Council owned and managed land
The City’s rangers are able to assist with the removal of snakes during Ranger business hours ONLY for City managed and owned spaces. Please ensure that someone watches the snake from a safe area to assist rangers with locating and removing the snake.
Please note: Pets, people and machinery should be kept away from the area to keep everyone safe and assist in the snakes relocation.