Brisbane Snakes On The Move

RESIDENTS in Brisbane are being warned to watch out for snakes on the move after last week’s deluge in the southeast.

Snake Catcher with 1300 Catch It Julia Baker, known as the “Snake Shelia”, said Snakes often appeared in suburban areas after rain looking for warmth.

“I’ve just pulled one out of a chicken coop. It was nestled among the eggs and wasn’t even interested in eating them,” she said.

North Lakes mum Michelle Whittington said her son came across a snake that looked suspiciously like a brown snake on Friday morning while he was on his regular walk to school.

But Ms Baker said the snake was a Keelback, which are often mistaken for one of the world’s deadliest snakes, the Eastern Brown.

“They are often mistaken for Eastern Browns, but are totally harmless and quite reluctant to even bite,” she said.

“The rain does bring out the frogs and toads as well, which in return will bring out the Keelbacks. By the way, Keelbacks are awesome to have around because they can and will eat Cane toads quite happily!”

She said Snakes were still very active this year due to the extended warm weather, with many out to find food before slowing down for the winter.

“Normally we’re beginning to slow down at this time of year but we’re still seeing plenty of call outs,” she said.

 

A snake eats an unlucky possum while hanging from a tree on Bounty Boulevard in North Lak

A snake eats an unlucky possum while hanging from a tree on Bounty Boulevard in North Lakes in March 2014. Source: Supplied

Ms Baker said residents should still avoid handling snakes themselves, and call a licensed snake catcher.

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