SNAKES FIND A MATE

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ge­or­gia Simp­son Ge­or­gia.Simp­son@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

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.

DAVID BARWELL PHOTO:

PSSST: A snake catcher has re­lo­cated an al­most 20kg scrub python, meas­ing nearly five me­tres, which was caught in Trader Court.

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