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Snakes are coming out for summer

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We're being reminded to keep an eye out for snakes as the weather heats up.

Reports are flooding in of snakes on popular hikes and trail hotspots, as wet weather and high temperatures boost humidity in the soil.

Our state only has three species of snake slithering through the wilderness, but they're all venomous.

Residents and visitors may come across a Tiger snake, a Lowland Copperhead or a White-lipped snake.

All three Tasmanian species are capable of injecting venom, but DPIPWE maintain the venom of the White-lipped snake has never been recorded as causing death to a human.

Reptile Rescue Incorporated Tasmania typically respond to around 9000 call outs each year to collect snakes.

In the peak of the season, volunteer crews can be called to up to 60 snake sightings per day.

Chair of Reptile Rescue Chris Daly has maintained that hot days don't necessarily mean a lot of snakes.

"The thing with snakes is that they can't thermoregulate their bodies. So they'll often try to find dark, sheltered spaces to cool down on a hot day," he said.

When coming across a snake, wildlife experts are reminding us to stand stock still and wait for it to pass.

"Snakes don't have ears and are deaf to airborne sounds. It's the footsteps that alert them to your presence," Mr Daly said.

Walkers are being encouraged to have snake bandages or a snake bite first aid kit on hand to help manage potential bites before paramedics arrive.

Anyone bitten by a snake is urged to stay calm, apply pressure to the area, be still and call triple zero (000) immediately.

There's plenty we can do to minimise the presence of snakes around our homes, like keeping the grass mown, keeping under the property well sealed or clean and store wood heaps away from the house.

To learn more about Tasmanian snakes and what to do in the event of a snake bite, click here.

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