Snakes in Wingecarribee

Red belly black snake Wingecarribee Shire snake bite information

Native snake species are a protected animal under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016

Snakes play an important role in our local ecosystems and are one of the many unique reptiles that live in the Southern Highlands and may be observed more frequently during the warmer months from late October to late April.

Do you know the difference between a Highlands Copperhead and an Eastern Brown Snake? Photos and descriptions of the snakes found in our Shire are available on the Southern Highlands Nature Map, a citizen science app supported by Council. 

Venomous snakes in Wingecarribee 

Several snake species that inhabit the area are venomous.

For information about snake bites, contact the Poisons Information Centre.

The following actions can reduce the chance of snake bite:   

  • Give snakes some space and they will generally leave the area.
  • Do not try to catch or kill snakes. This is when most snake bites occur.
  • Remove loose sheets of tin and other cover from around the house.   
  • Mow around buildings and other high traffic areas.   
  • Wear enclosed leather shoes when walking in long grass or near creeks or farm dams.  
  • When bushwalking always wear appropriate shoes and stay on designated walking tracks.
  • Avoid taking dogs for walks near long grass or rivers in the warmer months when snakes are likely to be breeding.
  • Keep areas that may attract mice clean (e.g. aviaries, chicken coops).
  • If you are working in or walking through snake habitat, it is recommended that you carry a snake bite kit.

You can register with local agencies to complete first aid training for snake bites. 

Snake removal by licensed snake catchers

In the event that you need snake removed from your property, contact a local wildlife group like WIRES or Wildlife Rescue South Coast or search online for a licensed snake catcher.