SNAKES ON THE MOVE
WITH the storm systems having now moved on and the warmer weather beginning to settle in, slithering reptiles have taken the opportunity to go on the move.
Dalby snake catcher John Trcka has been a busy man as a result, travelling across the Western Downs to help people in sticky situations.
Mr Trcka caught a string of big brown snakes recently and he doesn’t expect that trend to settle down any time soon.
“I was getting a lot of red-bellied blacks up until recently because they like it when it’s a bit cooler .... on warmer days the brown ones come out,” he said.
“When you get rain and hot days after, that’s when they get on the move; they must really like those conditions. Lately it’s been brown snakes in chook pens, big ones too.”
Mr Trcka said brown snakes were notoriously aggressive when handled, often leaving their mouths open ready to strike at anything.
“Having said that, they don’t usually come after people, it’s only if you step on one or get in their way,” he added.
Mr Trcka also caught his first death adder since becoming a snake catcher on Monday at a property between Tara and Kogan.
He said it was nice to be able to catch a new snake, as the majority of the ones he handles are pythons, browns and red-bellied blacks.
Mr Trcka is prepared for a busy summer of reptile handling and urged residents to leave dealing with snakes to a professional.
“Don’t try and kill it, that’s how a lot of people get bitten,” he said.
“Call me and keep your eyes on it, it saves me getting there trying to find it and not be able to locate it.
“I think it’s going to be a busy summer; there’s a lot of big, fat, healthy snakes getting around at the moment.”
■ John Trcka is available on 0407 114 751.
❝ When you get rain and hot days after, that’s when they get on the move; they must really like those conditions. — John Trcka
ON THE MOVE: Dalby snake catcher John Trcka has been a busy man recently.