Video: Golspie grazier films deadly snakes

A grazier says he was shocked to spot four deadly snakes within three hundred meters of each other at Golspie in the Southern Tablelands.

Within two days, two Eastern brown snakes, a Tiger snake and a Red bellied black snake were seen by Neil Seaman.

Licensed snake handler captures a Red bellied black snake. Photo supplied

Licensed snake handler captures a Red bellied black snake. Photo supplied

Snakes are seeking food after winter hibernation earlier due to the warmer temperatures, WIRES licensed snake handler Byron Stein said.

Mr Stein a trained reptile handler is licensed to remove snakes.

He has been fielding calls from the Goulburn Mulwaree and Upper Lachlan Shires.

"Goulburn is chock a block full of snakes: I catch snakes in cars, yards and closets every season."

This week, the snake handler was called to a warehouse in Goulburn to capture and relocate an adult four and a half foot Eastern brown snake.

"By the time I got there it moved out of the warehouse and darted under a pile of rubble and scrap metal," he said.

He also received a call from a Grabben Gullen resident who spotted a snake repeatedly at a water tank.

A fortnight ago, he caught and relocated a Tiger snake disturbed from under a pile of corrugated iron.

"It's a little earlier than I'm used to," Mr Stein said.

"Because things have warmed up and snakes have over-wintered they're coming out and they're hungry."

Mr Stein said the six-foot Eastern brown snake spotted at Golspie is around the size of a fully grown snake.

Video: Neil Seaman

A licensed handler for 15-years the largest Red-bellied black snake he's seen in the district was at Binda.

"It tangled itself in bird netting, that snake was taller than me and I'm 176 centimetres, it would have been six and a half foot at least."

Despite Australia's reputation for having the most dangerous snakes in the world, they aren't aggressive.

"Our snakes are super poisonous but this doesn't equate to dangerous, they're not nearly as aggressive as snakes in Asia, Africa, South America," Mr Stein said.

In Australia, there are around 3000 snake bites per year of which 500 lead to hospitalisations and two or three fatalities.

Mr Stein urged people not to be frightened of snakes and resist the urge to kill them. Instead, call WIRES to report the sighting.

"If we can save them the risk and save the snakes life then its a win."

Video: Neil Seaman

"All native Australian snakes are protected, there are exotic species around which aren't protected which in most instances will be illegal, like corn snakes which are from the States, its a class one pest in New South Wales."

What to do if you spot a snake

Police, the vet, and the local council have the contact details of licensed snake handlers, or call WIRES directly on 1300 094 737.

If a snake is in the house, call WIRES. If it is in a backyard and there is a risk to people or animals, call WIRES.

"If you are walking through a paddock, despite what some people say, it will avoid you at all costs."

Don't try to catch or kill the snake, but do keep watch.

Forty to 50 per cent of calls to WIRES end up with no snake because the snake has moved, Mr Stein said.

"If you have a snake in your house or yard, and most commonly it's Eastern brown or Tiger, it is a dangerous animal, I would encourage anyone to keep an eye on it, don't try to identify it, but ring WIRES.

"Snakes will only be aggressive in situations where it is a defensive manoeuvre, typically if someone is trying to kill or catch it," Mr Stein said.

Mr Stein is urging everyone to learn how to administer first aid to a snake bite victim.

"If you don't know first aid do a course and learn how to do a pressure immobilisation bandage technique. If you can get that bandage on, and immobilised, and get to an ambulance or to the hospital, it will absolutely save your life."