Snakes on the move to escape rain
WHILE the majority of homes in the Southern Downs area dry out, the resting places of our legless counterparts remain damp and uninhabitable, encouraging snakes to seek refuge in higher and drier spaces.
Although snakes are territorial animals, when it comes to their living quarters they are known to be relatively fussy.
With the onset of the heavy rain and flooding flushing out many snakes, the likelihood of coming across one in populated urban areas seems to be increasing.
Warwick snake removal experts Lynn and Peter Gynther said at this stage they had not had an increase in call-outs from people from the region which was “surprising”.
However, this doesn’t mean they aren’t around.
Yesterday Mr Gynther saw a couple of brown snakes swimming in Yangan Creek, although they disappeared not long after they were spotted.
Warwick man Rob Holley, 21, was enjoying a couple of drinks with friends recently at a property on River Terrace when they saw two king browns.
“They were about six feet (about 183cm) long. They came up under the house trying to get away from the water,” Mr Holley said.
Houses around the East Street and River Terrace area had several snake sightings during the past few days.
Warwick Cowboys Rugby League club members also encountered more than just water damage when they began the clean-up at their clubhouse in the aftermath of the floods.
Club secretary Gary Hanson said two large brown snakes decided to make the clubroom their new abode.
Mr Hanson said both snakes left the premises without incident but not before “making their presence felt”.
Mrs Gynther said the most likely place to find snakes was at the water’s edge or up trees.
Those trying to get out and mow their lawns while the sun is shining should also be careful as long grass acts as excellent camouflage.
Snakes are most likely to bite when they feel threatened and residents are warned if they come across one they should not panic or make any sudden movements in the hope the snake retreats of its own accord.
“Snakes only bite in self defence and people need to remember that they, like all other wildlife, are protected,” Mrs Gynther said.
“If you do come across a snake call a professional and have it removed. “It is illegal to kill a snake and there are heavy fines involved for those who break the rules.”