Snake and tick safety alert

The arrival of warmer weather means that more people are active outdoors. It also means wildlife such as snakes and ticks become more active, with the potential to cause harm.

CLMs need to be aware of the risks from wildlife to visitors on Crown reserves. Visitors also need to be made aware of the risks and take precautions against snake and tick bites where appropriate. Here are some tips for snake and tick safety.

Snakes

Brown snake

Australia is home to more than 190 species of snake, 25 of which are toxic to humans. Of those, 20 are among the most venomous in the world.

Snakes are not naturally aggressive and prefer to retreat. They’ll generally only attack humans when provoked—most bites happen when people try to kill or capture snakes.

If someone encounters a snake, the best advice is to stay still until it moves on, or to back away very slowly.

It is highly recommended that CLMs include snake safety into their WHS and risk management activities where appropriate. Ways of reducing risk include displaying warning signs, keeping snake-bite kits on site and providing appropriate first-aid training.

You can find more information about snake safety at Transport for NSW

Ticks

Tick on skin

Ticks are parasites that feed on animal and human blood. Their bites can cause medical problems, including anaphylactic reactions and other serious illness.

Ticks are commonly found in our bush environment. The period from October to February is known as ‘tick season’, but visitors to bush environments should be aware of tick risk at all times.

CLMs should consider the risk of tick bites to visitors on Crown reserves and include this as part of their WHS activities. Example actions include putting up warning signs and keeping information on site about how to remove and treat tick bites.

NSW Health has information on how to minimise risk and treat tick bites.