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Two people bitten by snakes in WA

AAP logoAAP 8/09/2016 Rebecca Gredley

Two people have been separately bitten by snakes in regional Western Australia.

A 10-year-old girl was bitten at Ningaloo, on the mid north coast, on Wednesday and was transferred by the Royal Flying Doctor Service to Port Hedland.

She remains in a stable condition at Hedland Health Campus.

Hours later, a man believed to be in his 60s, was bitten at Deep Gorge in the Burrup Peninsula in the Pilbara region, and was taken to Nickol Bay Hospital.

He remains in a stable condition and is likely to be released from hospital later on Thursday.

Matt Swan, wildlife officer at the Department of Parks and Wildlife, said it was not unusual for snakes to be active at this time of year in areas with warmer climates.

"It's nowhere near peak time in the Perth area - it will be in the warmer months from November to February," he told AAP.

Mr Swan said despite common misconceptions, snakes did not actually hibernate, but underwent brumation, where they lay dormant for a couple of weeks at a time rather than for many months.

He said people should clean up things in their homes that attract rats and mice, such as old piles of junk in the garage, to minimise the risk of snakes.

More than 120 people were bitten in WA last year, an increase of 22 per cent from 2014, according to data from the WA Poisons Information Centre.

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