Snake season arrives on the Mid North Coast

 Stuart Johnson with a common local snake. This one is harmless and friendly.
Stuart Johnson with a common local snake. This one is harmless and friendly.

WARM weather means the number of snakes emerging from their winter slumber on the Mid North Coast will increase as they seek out mates.

Snakes are cold-blooded, so they need to take in heat and sunlight in order to have the energy required for mating.

There are 23 different species of snakes on the Mid North Coast, with the most common species being the brown snake and the red-bellied black snake. Both are extremely venomous.

But not all snakes are dangerous. Many are harmless, which is why Stuart Johnson wants to spread the right message about our slithery friends.

In 2017, 90 per cent of Mr Johnson's call outs were green tree snakes. 

Only half a dozen call outs were for other species like Eastern small eyed snakes and Rough-scale snakes which are often mistaken for brown snakes.

"People seem to think that snakes are out to get humans but that isn't the case," he said.

"There are two reasons a snake will bite. The first is if they're going for a food source, the second is if you do something the snake doesn't like such as attack it or try to kill it, which happens often."

Mr Johnson said a person’s likely reaction when seeing a snake is to panic, which only threatens the snake into thinking it is in danger.

"A snake isn't likely to attack a human. They will certainly be around so it is important for people to be aware," he said.

About 100 Australian snakes are venomous, although only 12 are likely to inflict a wound that could kill you

If you are bitten by a snake, keep perfectly still and cover as much of the limb as possible with a compression bandage before dialling triple-0.

In Australia, there are approximately two deaths a year from venomous snake bites.