Coast snake catcher wrangling monsters
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
“I’m getting one (brown) every couple days at the moment, I got three on Sunday,” he said.
MONSTERS: Luke Huntley has been wrestling massive snakes in the Noosa area of late. INSET: A red-bellied black found at Tinbeerwah.