Snake is a sur­prise for fam­ily

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

AN ER­RANT red-bel­lied black snake was found in a St Clair home on Satur­day.

Snake catch­ers Sean and Freya Cade re­ceived the first call about the snake around 11am but as it was hid­den they de­cided to re­spond to other calls.

“I told the woman to keep an eye on it,” Mr Cade said. “We’ve got to wait till it comes out. My wife took the next call at 12.15pm. It had come out and gone un­der­neath the bricks.”

While Freya lo­cated the snake, Sean had to han­dle it be­cause his wife is al­ler­gic to horses – which are used to cre­ate an­tivenom.

Even­tu­ally, the snake came out and was caught suc­cess­fully.

The Cades caught four red­bel­lied black snakes, one east­ern brown and an east­ern wa­ter dragon on Satur­day and Mr Cade urged peo­ple to be pre­pared and in­formed ahead of snake sea­son.

“Septem­ber to March or April is gen­er­ally the sea­son for snakes,” Mr Cade said.

“About 95 per cent of peo­ple are bit­ten by a ven­omous snake try­ing to catch or kill it.

“We’re avail­able 24 seven if any­one needs us,” Mr Cade added.

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