SNAKES ON THE MOVE

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

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

PHOTO: SAM FLANA­GAN

ON THE MOVE: Dalby snake catcher John Tr­cka has been a busy man re­cently.

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