Snake catchers kept on their toes

WHO YOU GONNA CALL WHEN SER­PENTS GO ON THE LOOSE

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

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.

THURS­DAY

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.”

FRI­DAY

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

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.

Pic­ture: PHIL ROGERS

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.

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