CBD snake removalist pay mix-up

THE confusing case of who pays for a catcher's callout after a common eastern brown snake was removed from the CBD has found some clarity.

Bundaberg Regional Councillor Mary Wilkinson said there was confusion at the time about which CBD case was in question - the latest of the brown snake, and the red-bellied black snake near Rivers just over a week previous.

Ms Wilkinson said she was “totally unaware” of the original incident, and when questioned about Tuesday's removal the incomplete account in the council system she referred to turned out to be the red-bellied black case.

Ms Wilkinson said if another snake was loose in the CBD, Queensland Parks and Wildlife service or council could be contacted to refer the matter on to a handler, and future payments will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

She said council are yet to receive a bill for Tuesday's removal.

Meanwhile, snake catcher in question Anthony Zink has had a flood of support over the matter, including an elderly woman, who wished to remain anonymous, dropping his $25 callout fee in to the NewsMail.

“I had a couple of people ring me and state they're not amused,” Mr Zink said.

“I'm concerned because it's a safety matter.

“You've got to be careful this time of year - the problem with injured snakes, or any injured animal, is they retaliate.”



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