Snake catchers kept on their toes
WHO YOU GONNA CALL WHEN SERPENTS GO ON THE LOOSE
IT’S been a busy summer for the Australian Snake Catchers. They never know what is going to happen, as the past week has shown.
NO TWO days are the same for the Australia Snake Catchers from St Clair.
From goannas to brown snakes and everything in between, their job is not for the faint hearted. Freya Cade said their lives were anything but normal.
“You can never count on what is going to happen. People see a fire truck or the hazmat team out the front of our house now and just think it’s normal,” she said.
Freya and Sean Cade’s busy weekend starts on Thursday night with a call from St Marys Fire Brigade after a brown snake was found on a nearby property.
The snake is found to be a masculosa (carpet python) and it was an escaped pet, not a brown snake as originally thought.
St Marys Fire Brigade hand delivered the snake to the Cades’ St Clair home, where they aim to rehome it.
“People need to be vigilant, and need to make sure their snake is in a locked tank. This is a human error and there is no excuse,” Mrs Cade said. “We have had three or four escaped pets in the past week and this should not be happening.”
After a full day at work Freya and Sean rush to a mechanical factory where a brown snake is caught in machinery.
“It took us about 20 minutes to get this snake out as it was stuck tight in some machinery and it came out very cranky,” Mrs Cade said.
“I was lying on the floor the whole time and was absolutely black from oil but I flicked it up and got it hooked and bagged.”
Saturday morning saw the Cades venture to the Blue Mountains with an eastern brown snake stuck in a retaining wall at Warrimoo.
Mrs Cade said this had been a fairly simple job where the snake had been coerced out of the wall with a hook and then bagged.
But an afternoon job in St Clair was a little more tricky.
An eastern brown snake had snuck through a tiny hole and then disappeared behind a false wall.
“Sean had to move a fridge and other items out of the house to get the snake by the tail, but by the time we moved it was too late,” Mrs Cade said.
“We then had to block all the exits from the wall so the snake could only get out the way it came in.”
Mrs Cade told The Standard this weekend was just a snapshot of what had been happening in the area lately.
“We have been so busy lately, sometimes there aren’t many call outs but we are constantly getting calls asking for advice or to identify snakes,” she said.
An eastern brown snake removed from a retaining wall in the Blue Mountains on Saturday.
Sean Cade of the Australian Snake Catchers.
A carpet python found by St Marys fireys on Thursday.
Sean Cade looks for a brown snake inside a St Clair home.