Snake catcher Anthony Zink may be forced to quit because some clients have not been paying him.
Snake catcher Anthony Zink may be forced to quit because some clients have not been paying him. MURRAY WENZEL

Snake catcher fed up by non-payers

UNLESS people start paying up, experienced snake catcher Anthony Zink will be forced to shut up shop.

Mr Zink said he could no longer afford the running costs of his four-wheel drive, considering he was currently owed call-out fees for 15 jobs across the region.

For the low cost of $25 within Bundaberg and $30 for the surrounding region, Mr Zink responds to calls to remove snakes and goannas and releases them 40km out of town in bushland, out of harm’s way.

“I hardly make a profit as it is. The call-out fee only just covers the car’s running costs,” he said.

With Mr Zink out of action, alternatives still exist – such as Childers’ Snakes Down Under – but the catcher’s 24 hour call-out option makes him invaluable.

“I’ve gone to Agnes Water at 1.30am, or 10.30pm, you name it,” he said.

“I just like looking after the animals and the people involved.”

The barefoot wrangler said there had been an “explosion of brown snakes” recently, adding to the need for his service.



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