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As the weather warms up, you may notice more reptiles on the move as they come out of hiding to bask in the sun, mate and search for food.

Please take extra care when venturing outdoors, particularly near swamps, lakes and bushland. A snake that feels threatened may hiss or rear up and the best thing a person can do is back away slowly and keep watching it. Do not attempt to handle or kill snakes as these actions may result in a bite.

Venomous snakes, including dugites and tiger snakes, can be found across the south-west of WA and are active during the day and at night in warm weather. Other larger reptiles commonly seen at this time of the year include king skinks and bobtails.

You can call the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055 for details of licensed operators who can safely remove and relocate snakes.