Illawarra Newsroom

Non Native Snake Spotted

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Wollondilly Shire Council is asking residents to keep an eye out for a non-native snake which could cause significant damage to the local environment.

Last week a snake handler was called out to Tahmoor by a resident who had sited a "white and orange weird looking python."

The snake was found to be an American corn snake, which has been added to the top 10 non-native pest animals list by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) as it is one of the most unwanted exotic pests.

Outside of a zoo, corn snakes are illegal to keep in Australia as they cause substantial damage by disrupting ecosystems, introducing diseases, preying on our native animals and competing with them for limited resources.

The corn snake is a successful invasive species and non-native populations of corn snake have established in the Cayman Islands, the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas.

Acting Director Infrastructure and Environment Alex Stengl said, “Pest animals can create a big impact on the environment, native animals, agriculture, and livestock.”

“We are asking the community to keep your eyes peeled for any non-native pest animals. We need your help to ensure corn snakes don’t become residents in the Wollondilly!”

If you see an American corn snake or other non-native species, please report it to the NSW DPI by phone on 1800 680 244 or through their website. www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/report

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