What you need to know

Snake and swooping season has arrived

Magpie

Spring has arrived and it’s the perfect time to get out and explore your neighbourhood! We’ve put together some helpful tips to make sure you keep safe when sharing the outdoors with our protected wildlife.

During spring many native birds, including magpies, have chicks and become protective of their nests.

How to avoid being swooped:

  • The easiest way to protect yourself from swooping is to wear a hat.

  • If you’re a regular user of an area where magpies are nesting, try talking to them. They’re really smart birds and will get to know your voice and not see you as a threat.

  • If you’re a cyclist, hop off your bike and walk. Fleeing at pace can aggravate the birds.

  • Don’t act aggressively.

  • Walk, don’t run.

If you get swooped, let us know and we can put a temporary sign to warn others. You can also log it on Victoria’s Swooping Bird Map.

As the weather warms up, snakes wake up from hibernation. They bask to warm up, usually in search of water or food – as they may not have eaten for months.

All snakes native to Moonee Valley are venomous. The most common snakes in Moonee Valley are eastern brown and tiger snakes.

Tiger snakes vary in colour and pattern and are generally frightened of you and will try to get away when approached. Brown snakes can be aggressive when provoked.

What to do if you see a snake:

Walk away slowly and leave it alone.

If it is on public land, call us and we’ll take it from there. If the snake is on your property, contact a professional wildlife controller. It is the safest and most effective way to remove it.

Do not attempt to remove the snake yourself and don’t hurt the snake, it is protected wildlife.

If it is safe to do so, keep an eye out on the snake while waiting for a wildlife controller.

Being bitten by a snake is uncommon and there are only about two lethal snake bites recorded across Australia each year.

If you are bitten by a snake, call 000 immediately and stay calm.

If you think your pet might have been bitten by a snake, take it to a vet immediately.

Tips on avoiding snakes:

  • Keep your pets safe and inside at night.

  • Keep your garden free of large piles of building materials like timber or hard waste.

  • Become familiar with snake bite first aid.

  • Be safe – remember to wear boots, gloves, long sleeves and trousers when working in the garden.

Did you know?

All wildlife is protected under the Wildlife Act 1975. It is illegal to capture, harm or kill them. All Victorian wildlife is managed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.