DEBI Egli wants to warn other dog walkers to be on the lookout for snakes, no matter what time of day.
Mrs Egli was walking her blue heeler Clancy in the leash-free area at Bloomfield Park at around 7.30am yesterday when they encountered a metre-long copperhead snake.
Mrs Egli had thrown the tennis ball for Clancy to fetch when the dog stopped short and refused to pick up the ball which had dropped adjacent to the snake.
“I was just surprised to see the snake that early in the morning I think I’m like a lot of people who go early to avoid the snakes,” she said.
“I think people think snakes come out in the middle of the day, but maybe they don’t like this heat.
“There’s quite a few regulars who go out there and I’ve warned them.”
Mrs Egli has been using the park to exercise her dog for more than two years and despite having seen snakes in the area in the past, she’s never see any that early in the morning.
“I’ve seen a couple in the past but we just keep our distance, I’m lucky my dog’s got a suspicious nature being a cattle dog,” she said.
“I just want to warn people to be cautious when they’re walking their dogs, there are snakes about down there.”
Mrs Egli said the area is popular with families and she also wanted to remind parents to keep a close eye on their children.