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Aussies urged to do simple life-saving backyard act

The resident has urged others to follow suit with their makeshift escape route.

Much of the country is set for a sweltering summer and just as we will be seeking shade and dashing toward the water, so too will our wildlife.

It is incredibly "common" for reptiles to take a dip in public watering holes or swimming pools in search of food and a drink, with many even falling in by accident. However, it is often a one-way trip for these animals if there is no escape route available to them.

"They've got nothing at the borders of the pool so they can get stuck in the pool, and it's not their choice to stay there, they physically can't get out," snake catcher Cory Kerewaro previously told Yahoo News Australia about a venomous snake that was spotted desperately trying to escape a public pool in NSW's Northern Rivers region.

An image of a snake searching for an exit route out of a public swimming pool. In this instance the life-saving backyard act could be adopted to help the snake free itself.
A simple life-saving backyard act can help wildlife get out of swimming pools. Source: Facebook

Wildlife can easily drown if they don't find a method to free themselves from the water, but one simple and inexpensive hack can make all the difference.

How can wildlife be saved from a swimming pool

Kerewaro says buying a wildlife ramp which sits at the side of the pool works wonders, but other makeshift methods are just as effective.

A resident in Avalon — situated on Sydney's Northern Beaches — used a grass mat and a brick to create an exit route for wildlife.

"These grass mats are an easy set-up and effective for our beloved wildlife to find a way out if they fall in," she wrote online. "No more drowned kookaburras, possums, lizards, butterflies, endangered Christmas beetles."

A brown coloured garden mat lies half in the water and half on the ledge held by a brick.
The resident from Avalon in Sydney used a grass mat and brick to create an escape route for wildlife. Source: Facebook

She urged others to follow suit and said she believed this simple solution should be "compulsory" for all swimming pools in the country.

This makeshift method is one of many, with Kerewaro also previously mentioning he has spotted residents using bodyboards and "half in, half out" swimming noodles for wildlife.

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