ORANGE you have been put on alert, now is the most dangerous time for people to be bitten by a snake.
Weather has warmed up and copperhead, eastern brown and red-bellied black snakes will be coming out of hibernation, according to Orange snake catcher Greg Pringle.
Orange City Council and the Central Western Daily news desk have already received reports of residents spotting snakes in and around Orange.
“This is the most dangerous time of year and because it’s not super hot they’ll be coming out to sun themselves and they’ll be quite sluggish,” Mr Pringle said.
It is a sluggish snake that is a dangerous snake, according to Mr Pringle.
He said during the hot summer months snakes would quickly scurry away when they heard people approach, but in spring they were not so quick.
“The next thing you know you’ll be on top of them,” he said.
“People often see them in spring because they are very sluggish.”
Mr Pringle has warned people not to touch or approach snakes, with the eastern brown the world’s second most deadly.
“Potency doesn’t change year round and they can do just as much damage [if you are bitten],” he said.
Despite the warning, Mr Pringle said snakes were a natural part of our environment and protected under Australian law.
“Just leave it alone because they are good at keeping the mouse population down,” he said.
“Over 98 per cent of snake-bite victims are from people trying to kill them.”
If you need assistance to remove a snake from in or close to your home call Orange police or Orange City Council.