Snakes slip into Stanthorpe
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.
SLIPPERY: Drew Godfrey catches an Eastern Brown in Stanthorpe.