Expect more snakes
A SNAKE expert has said people can expect to see more snakes as the hot weather continues.
Bryan Fry, from the University of Queensland, said as long as prey was out, there would be more snakes.
“With the storm activity, that is bringing out the prey,” Dr Fry said.
“When the prey is out, the predator is out,” he said.
Dr Fry said places such as garages might seem like random places to find a snake, but “when you look at it from where prey is, it’s not”.
“Looking at likely spots, in the house around the nesty bits, cluttered garages, long grass, a couple of cars in the front yard – that’s classic habitat for the prey, making it great for snakes,” he said.
“Keeping the yard and house clean, you’re going to have less of a problem with snakes.
Dr Fry said snakes were not intentionally a threat to humans.
“No snake is going to race across the garden a bite a human, they don’t see us prey, we are a predator to them,” he said.
“A lot of people bitten by snakes bring it on themselves, it’s the minority of the bites where a person steps on one.
“Most bites occur when people do the wrong thing.
“If people leave the snake alone it will glide away and you’ll never see it again.”
He said people would see fewer snakes as the weather cooled.
“They take refuge in cracks in the earth, under stones, places where they can stay warm,” he said.
Kingaroy snake catcher Gunter Glasser said he had been busier than usual.
“I get called about a brown snake once a week,” Mr Glasser said.
“One day I had four calls,” he said.
Mr Glasser said he had found snakes in strange places, including a baby brown snake inside a house.
“The doors were tight, but there was a gap under the door from the garage into the house,” he said.
Mr Glasser shared a photo of the snake which had now been shared on Facebook more than 600 times.
“The reaction has been amazing,” he said.
“People have commented on me having it in my hand.
“I handle venomous snakes, I know what I’m doing.”
SURPRISE VISITOR: Snake catcher Gunter Glasser shared this photo to Facebook of a baby brown snake.