WHILE the warm weather is inviting people to head outside and soak in some sun, it also encourages snakes to emerge.
With the remnants of the mice plague still in the region, local snake catcher Joel Turnbull is warning people to be on high alert.
"I think they're definitely not going to have a hard time getting a feed," he said.
"If you've got mice and you know you've got mice in your shed and things like that, they're going to come."
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Mr Turnbull has already been called out to two false alarms recently - the sneaky blue-tongued lizards were out - but he said it's better to be safe than sorry.
He also encourages parents to warn their children not to pick up any lizards because sometimes it turns out that it isn't a lizard at all.
"They've got to be taught, but there's a hard age to get them at when they want to pick up everything," Mr Turnbull said.
"They need to know if that's what you see, scream for mum and dad, because snakes don't have any ears, so it's not going to scare the snake more."
While snakes are often synonymous with danger, they really aren't dangerous at all if you keep your distance and don't antagonise them, according to Mr Turnbull.
He recommends remaining calm if you encounter a snake and giving it plenty of room.
If you come across one in your backyard, keep an eye on it from a safe distance until the snake catcher arrives, he said.
"A lot of people think they launch or jump and do crazy things, but if you give them a wide berth, they're pretty easygoing," he said.
"You've got time to get away ... they look fast in small areas, but they're not very fast.
"They don't want anything to do with us."
Any piles of branches are a big attraction to snakes, as well as ponds and water features.
Mr Turnbull encourages people to keep their yards tidy and clear to deter the snakes and says having pets creates a disturbance, which also helps keep them away.
Ultimately, though, he said snakes are very difficult to keep out of areas as they can fit through the tiniest gaps, so keeping a distance and educating children is crucial in any snake encounter.