The snake species most commonly found in backyards are the red-bellied black snake, swamp snake, golden-crowned snake, and green and brown tree snakes. Although venomous, red-bellied black snakes and brown tree snakes do not attack without provocation.
If there is a snake in your yard, leave it alone and it is likely to depart within a day or two. If you have a pond with a large number of frogs, it may attract a snake for a few days. Snakes are a part of nature and help keep populations of animals such as mice and frogs in balance.
What can I do about snakes?
If you are uncomfortable with snakes entering your property, the use of perspex or sheet metal along the base of your fence can act as a barrier. Piles of woody debris, such as firewood, may also attract snakes into your yard.
If you are going bush walking, wear boots, thick socks and trousers. Australian venomous snake species have very small fangs and this will give you protection in the rare case where you might tread on, or accidentally startle a snake.