A HEALTHY snake population is now out and about as a local woman found on the weekend.
Rosaleen Williams was amazed to witness two black snakes mating at Glasshouse Rocks Beach.
“They were oblivious to all onlookers as we observed them from higher rocks,” Rosaleen said.
Another walker had witnessed the two snakes sliding down a sloping cliff from a bush area and landing on the sand, while they were mating.
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) urges people to be snake aware and give the animals plenty of space as warmer temperatures are enticing snakes out of hibernation.
With the warmer weather snakes need to replenish fat reserves and will start looking for prey such as mice, frogs and small lizards.
"If people want to keep snakes out of their backyards, I would advise them to keep the area tidy and the lawn mown, so snakes will not take shelter in grass and under items,” a spokesperson from NPWS said.
“Wear sturdy shoes and jeans or other long, thick trousers in areas where snakes are likely to be to greatly reduce the chances of being bitten by a snake.”
Snakes are protected by law and should be left alone to move on.