Snakes moving in to avoid the rain
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.
SLIPPERY CUSTOMERS: Andrew’s Snake Removal’s Andrew Smedley removes three snakes from a Forest Hill home.