A reminder about snakes on campus in the warmer weather

Spring is here, the weather is warming up and our campuses are a little quieter, so if you are studying or living on campus you may notice an increase in snake activity.

This time of year is when snakes become more active as emerge from their winter hibernation period and start to go about feeding (to build up body reserves after winter) and breeding, as well as basking in that warm sunshine.

Snakes are part of the natural environment and if you do happen to encounter one, below are some tips on how to stay safe.

What to do if you see a snake

  • Do not approach, corner, touch or attempt to trap or kill snakes – some can be highly venomous.
  • Remain still, don’t panic and move away slowly – in most cases, snakes will move away or hide to avoid detection.
  • Stay on designated walkways and avoid thickly vegetated areas.
  • If you see a snake, remain calm and contact Campus Security on (03) 9479 2222.

For emergency medical attention, please contact 000 (Triple Zero) then call La Trobe Emergency (03) 9479 2222 (all campuses).