Coast snake catcher wran­gling mon­sters

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

THE north­ern Sun­shine Coast is be­ing in­un­dated with size­able snakes, with snake catch­ers kept busy wran­gling a se­ries of mas­sive brown and eastern brown snakes.

Snake Catcher Noosa’s Luke Hunt­ley said he’d been called out to catch and re­lease a num­ber of “mas­sive ones” of late, peak­ing with a 7ft (2.1m) brown snake north of Im­bil last Fri­day.

It fol­lowed a 6.5ft (1.98m) eastern brown snake Mr Hunt­ley wres­tled from un­der a con­crete slab at Im­bil in late-Septem­ber.

“I’m get­ting mas­sive ones at the mo­ment, it’s un­be­liev­able,” he said.

Three weeks ago he was called to get a 6ft (1.8m) brown snake at North Arm and his sec­ond-big­gest brown snake ever caught came just south of Gympie, where he wran­gled a mas­sive ser­pent he tipped to be at least 6ft and 10 inches (2.08m) long.

He picked up a jet black coloured brown snake out the back of Pomona last Tues­day.

Mr Hunt­ley said the ex­tremely dry con­di­tions for so long had drawn some of the larger brown snakes out into the open and closer to hu­mans in search

❝I’m get­ting one (brown) ev­ery cou­ple days at the mo­ment, I got three on Sun­day.

— Luke Hunt­ley

of wa­ter.

“I’m get­ting one (brown) ev­ery cou­ple days at the mo­ment, I got three on Sun­day,” he said.

PHO­TOS: SNAKE CATCHER NOOSA

MON­STERS: Luke Hunt­ley has been wrestling mas­sive snakes in the Noosa area of late. IN­SET: A red-bel­lied black found at Tin­beer­wah.

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