SNAKES FIND A MATE
AN almost 20kg scrub python, measuring nearly five metres, was removed from Trader Court in Cannonvale on Saturday.
Another smaller scrub python was removed from the same area two nights later.
It is mating season for snakes, which could explain the increased activity.
“There is a female snake in the vicinity somewhere wondering where her boyfriends are,” licensed snake catcher Kylee Grey said.
“They (the snakes) were looking for their mate, they weren’t hungry for people’s cats or dogs.”
Ms Gray, who removed the python from Trader Court, said there were about 20-30 species of snake in the region, with most of them being harmless.
“It can be common in new estates, to see a large number of snakes in the first couple of years after being built up on,” she said.
“It’s not just snakes. All the other wildlife that lived there is also displaced.
“They’re disorientated and confused, so they turn up looking for water and food. They soon learn where to avoid and where to go.”
If you discover a snake on your property, do not try to capture the snake yourself, as this is when bites occur.
Call a licensed snake catcher, who will come and safely remove and identify the species.
“I have to be very careful where I chose to re-home the snakes. We have to make sure there is food and water and that they’re away from roads and built-up areas,” Ms Gray said.
To deter snakes making themselves at home in your back yard, make sure you keep your property tidy.
It is against the law to kill snakes in Queensland.
PSSST: A snake catcher has relocated an almost 20kg scrub python, measing nearly five metres, which was caught in Trader Court.