Snakes slip into Stan­thorpe

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

SNAKES are slith­er­ing out of the bush and into peo­ple’s homes, with a lo­cal snake catcher tend­ing to at least two cases a day.

Of con­cern are sight­ings in town of the eastern brown, the world’s sec­ond most ven­omous snake.

Snake catcher Drew God­frey said the high num­ber of snake sight­ings was due to it be­ing breed­ing sea­son.

“The vast ma­jor­ity of snakes I’ve caught in Stan­thorpe are red-bel­lied black snakes,” he said.

“If it’s above 24 or 25 de­grees that’s enough for the eastern browns to be ac­tive. They’re di­ur­nal snakes so they come out in the day.”

So far Mr God­frey has caught eastern browns at Wal­lan­garra Rd, Bell­wood St and had a call-out for Bri­tan­nia St.

“Snakes in gen­eral aren’t some­thing to fear, they’re some­thing to re­spect,” Mr God­frey said.

“No snake is dan­ger­ous un­less you step on it.

“Even the eastern brown has an im­pres­sive de­fence dis­play be­fore they bite.”

If you spot a snake he says the best thing to do is stand com­pletely still.

“Most snakes re­act to move­ments.

“If you’re not very close to it but you can see it in the dis­tance the best thing to do is walk the other way.”

If a snake is in your house, close the doors for the room it’s in, seal the space un­der the door with a towel and call a snake catcher.

“You’ve ba­si­cally got to not in­vite them into the house,” he said.

He sug­gested keep­ing lawns mowed, not stack­ing items on the ground, mak­ing sure there were no holes in fences and, if you have chick­ens, to keep them away from the house.

“Most of the bites are from peo­ple try­ing to catch it them­selves – don’t try and catch it your­self, call a snake catcher.”

In the case of a bite, do not wash the wound, ap­ply first aid and wrap a pres­sure ban­dage around the bite three times then around the en­tire limb and call an am­bu­lance.

If you need a snake caught, phone Drew on 0458 491 123.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SLIP­PERY: Drew God­frey catches an Eastern Brown in Stan­thorpe.

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