The dry, warm winter on the Coffs Coast has caused some snake sightings in the region.
The dry, warm winter on the Coffs Coast has caused some snake sightings in the region. Contributed

It's still winter but there's already snakes in the grass

RECENT snake sightings on the Coffs Coast is a timely warning that if the sun is shining, even during the cooler months snakes may be active.

Contrary to popular belief most snakes and reptiles inhabiting the temperate areas around the Coffs Coast don't enter a full hibernation.

During the cooler months the snakes actually induce a state called brumation.

According to Steve McEwan of Reptile World, brumination is a mild state of hibernation that a snake can emerge from if the ambient temperature suddenly rises.

"We have got to be vigilant and very aware that even at this time of year snakes can be active," Steve said.

Steve emphasised it was very hard to get bitten by a snake and always the best practice is just to leave them alone.

If you're in the garden, the best preventative measures are to wear approiate clothing.

Boots, gloves and a long sleeve shirt are recommended.
In the event of a bite apply a compression bandage to limit the flow of venom to the heart.

Click on the link for further information on first aid.