As the weather heats up, snakes become more active and a Dubbo snake catcher says he is prepared for a bumper season.
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"They're going to be pretty active ... especially [as it's] getting warmer a lot sooner than normal," Mr Lundholm told the Daily Liberal.
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The species commonly found around Dubbo include eastern browns, red-bellied black snakes, blue-bellied black snakes, and Murray-Darling carpet pythons.
"I find them in a range of different places from people's backyard pools; if you don't have doors closed properly or are not sealed properly they do get into houses as well, but it's mostly backyards where I'm finding them, especially in gardens," Mr Lundholm said.
When they are found in backyard pools, the likely scenario is they have fallen in while looking for a water source and can't get back out again.
"Public Service Announcement: Beware that snakes are already quite active on Tracker Riley. This video was from my bike dash cam a couple of days ago," the mayor posted on September 12.
A Facebook user commented: "And that's me done on the walkway until winter .... Thanks for warning".
Another user wrote they saw a snake on the path along the highway opposite the golf club.
Mr Lundholm said he had been hearing a lot of snake reports "on those tracks".
He recommended people should always check "where you're stepping, especially your footpaths and on the edge of footpaths if it's slightly higher grass or, even in shady spots because if it's a really hot day they're actually going to be sitting in the shade, trying not to cook themselves just like we're trying to do the same thing."
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If you are bitten by a snake, you should start first aid and call an ambulance as soon as possible while staying as still as possible, the snake catcher advised.
If you see a snake, leave it alone unless it's in your house or yard and then you could call a snake catcher if you're concerned about it.
"Just keep your distance. If it's minding its own business, just leave it there," Mr Lundholm said.
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