With the onset of warmer weather the chance of encountering a snake on the course increases.

The snakes (most likely lowland copperheads) are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975 and it is illegal to capture, kill or harm them. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning report that in the warmer months they will move away quickly when they hear something approaching and recommend that people “remain calm if they see a snake and try to move themselves and anyone with them away from the snake.”

Sightings may be reported but staff are unable to move or capture them.

If you are bitten by a snake:

  • Try to identify the type of snake that has bitten you. Your description of its colour etc. can be helpful if antivenom is required.

  • Stay calm.

  • Firmly bandage the wound to help prevent the venom from leaving the puncture site. It should be tight but not so tight that it causes numbness. Do not wash the bite site.

  • Call for help to arrange transport to the nearest hospital emergency department.

  • For an ambulance call triple zero (000).

  • Stay still and wait for transport to reach you.


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