No more snake catcher

Toowoomba busi­ness is no longer in oper­a­tion

The Chronicle - - News - Meghan.har­[email protected]­i­

THE weather is heat­ing up, which means more snakes are mak­ing their way into peo­ple’s homes - but if you see one at your prop­erty you can no longer call Toowoomba Snake Catch­ers 24/7.

The snake-catch­ing busi­ness be­gan op­er­at­ing in Toowoomba in 2015, with its ser­vice used by res­i­dents all across Toowoomba and the Dar­ling Downs.

It was started by David Wied­man who was known for drop­ping ev­ery­thing to come and re­lo­cate snakes that had made their way into peo­ple’s homes or back­yards.

In Septem­ber Mr Wied­man was sen­tenced to five years in jail af­ter he was con­victed over shoot­ing a man in the face with a bow and ar­row last year.

The busi­ness was then taken over by Alyssa Wilkinson who has been cap­tur­ing snakes for more than a year.

Ms Wilkinson an­nounced on Thurs­day that the busi­ness


was no longer op­er­at­ing and she was mov­ing to Bris­bane for per­sonal rea­sons.

She thanked the com­mu­nity for un­der­stand­ing.

“I sin­cerely apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience this will cause peo­ple,” she said.

Ms Wilkinson gave peo­ple two al­ter­na­tives when it came to need­ing snakes re­lo­cated, as she un­der­stood it was sum­mer and the ser­vices would no doubt be needed in town.

She sug­gests phoning Dar­ling Downs Snake Catch­ers 24/7 or A+ Rep­tile Re­lo­ca­tions for any is­sues with snakes and rep­tiles.

Dar­ling Downs Snake Catch­ers 24/7 can be con­tacted on 0429 613 324, and A+ Rep­tile Re­lo­ca­tions can be con­tacted on 0413 163 518.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

LARGE REP­TILE: Alyssa Wilkinson with a 2.1m eastern brown snake she re­lo­cated from a prop­erty in Top Camp. MEGHAN HAR­RIS

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