BENDIGO snake catchers are advising residents to stay calm if they encounter a snake in a built-up area.
Part-time snake catcher Steve O'Connor said it was quite common around this time of year to see a number of snakes in the city's parks and streets.
"We've had no more or no less call-outs than previous years," Mr O'Connor said. "It's usually quite busy this time of year.
"It's a natural part of life in Australia and life in Bendigo, especially with so many state forests around."
The message comes as a six-foot long albino python remains on the loose in the Lake Weeroona after its owner discovered it was missing a week ago.
Mr O'Connor said the python - like many other snakes in the region - was not a threat to the community.
"The main message is that our snakes are not aggressive," he said. "They're very shy, very reclusive and their first option is often to flee.
"But they will attack if threatened, so the best advice is to stay calm and leave them alone."
Mr O'Connor has encouraged anyone who sees a snake where it shouldn't be - or the missing python - to contact professional snake catchers like Tzr Reptiles and Wildlife, or the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
Snakes are protected by the Wildlife Act, so anyone who attempts to kill the reptiles could be charged. It is also illegal to keep a snake in Victoria without a registered permit.
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