Warm weather has snakes on the move
THE warm weather has snakes on the slithery move again, but an expert has warned people to just leave them alone.
Snake catcher Anthony Zink said he had been called out recently to deal with three or four brown snakes, and most of them had been fairly large.
As winter turns into spring, with balmy days registering in the mid to high 20 degree level, snakes are getting more active.
"I've had calls from all over, they're everywhere," Mr Zink said.
"They're getting active now, they're getting inside people's houses and pool areas."
Mr Zink said this was the time snakes traditionally started coming out of hibernation, but things were different in Bundaberg.
"In Bundaberg they never got into proper hibernation, because it never gets cold enough," he said.
"They'll be hanging around on rocks and that warms them up in the sun so they can move."
Snakes' mating season would start within the next few weeks, but now they were mostly looking for food.
Mr Zink's advice to anyone finding a snake was to leave it alone and, often, it would go away.
"Not long after the floods a man had a snake in a small area in his yard he used for his dog," he said.
"He hit the snake twice with a shovel and it bit him twice."
Mr Zink said it was better to call in a snake catcher to remove the snake than
risk getting bitten and spending time in hospital or dying.
And he warned people not to try to identify them to decide if they were poisonous.
"It's hard enough for me to identify them," he said.
"There are 29 different species in Bundaberg."
Mr Zink said many snakes were relatively harmless, but even a bite from one of them could be dangerous if the person bitten was allergic.