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.
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:
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.
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.
Environment Officer – Biodiversity Projects and Community Education
Telephone: 02 4868 0888