Myth busted: Snakes not quite as sleepy as we think in winter
IT’S a common belief snakes hibernate during the winter months and those who fear the slithery legless creatures can be carefree at this time of year.
But not in the Sunshine State.
The warmer winters in Queensland actually mean the reptiles go into a state called brumation, where they become lethargic but don’t quite enter hibernation.
Snake catcher Andrew Buckley warned snakes were about all year round.
“Snakes don’t hibernate in Australia they just slow down in the winter months,” he said.
“With our warmer winter we have seen a steady flow of snakes.”
Mr Buckley has been catching snakes in the Wide Bay region for the past three years and said the message was clear.
“Snakes are often mellow up until the point they feel threatened,” he said.
“People don’t have to call me – just don’t interfere with the snake.”
The reptile enthusiast said it was important to teach the younger generations about snakes.
“Education is the best tool,” Mr Buckley said.
‘We live in Australia – we teach kids how to cross the road and we need to make sure we teach them about snakes and other reptiles too.”
If you encounter a snake and would like some professional help, Buckley’s Snake Relocation Services Snake Catcher can be found on Facebook.