Snakes mov­ing in to avoid the rain

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Emma Clarke emma.clarke@qt.com.au

THREE snakes locked in a pas­sion­ate dual, fight­ing over a shared lady in­ter­est is what snake catcher An­drew Smed­ley was faced with the week­end be­fore last.

The two males and a fe­male, with a com­bined length of close to 6m, were shel­ter­ing in a For­est Hill garage when home­own­ers alerted the pro­fes­sional.

The wet and windy weather around the re­gion over the past weeks has pushed snakes out of their nat­u­ral habi­tats in search of shel­ter in homes, gar­dens and garages.

Mr Smed­ley said it means home­own­ers are likely to find more of the crea­tures if the weather per­sists, but not all of them are a need for alarm.

“When it’s spring, it comes to breed­ing time so it’s not un­com­mon to have mul­ti­ple male snakes in the one place,” he said.

“I try to en­cour­age peo­ple who don’t have chil­dren or small do­mes­tic pets to leave the non-ven­omous ones alone. They are re­ally do­ing you a favour be­cause they are great at clean­ing up ver­min and they are not that much of a threat.

“One in three houses has a python, they are the most com­mon snake. It’s some­thing to be aware, not alarmed, of.”

He said the rainy weather pro­duced frog-eat­ing species like keel­backs and green tree snakes while east­ern brown snakes were more com­mon in hot and dry con­di­tions.

Mr Smed­ley said snakes could end up any­where, in­clud­ing in toi­lets and sinks.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SLIP­PERY CUS­TOMERS: An­drew’s Snake Re­moval’s An­drew Smed­ley re­moves three snakes from a For­est Hill home.

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