JOE BLAKE: Snake catcher Anthony Zink wants people to be aware that snakes like this eastern brown are out in numbers. Photo: Scottie Simmonds / NewsMail
JOE BLAKE: Snake catcher Anthony Zink wants people to be aware that snakes like this eastern brown are out in numbers. Photo: Scottie Simmonds / NewsMail Scottie Simmonds

Snakes invade in warm weather

THERE has been a spate of snakes entering homes in the Bundaberg region, but it may not be for the reason you think.

Snake catcher Anthony Zink says as the weather warms up the reptiles are coming out of their winter quarters and are hunting food and mates.

And several of them have been reported getting into or trying to get into houses.

While the conventional wisdom is that they're looking for water because of the dry weather, Mr Zink said that was not the only reason.

"They're trying to get into houses because it's cooler inside," he said.

"They can't regulate their body temperature, so they want to cool down."

Mr Zink, who had just caught a carpet snake when he spoke to the NewsMail, said he had been surprised by the size of some of the snakes he was seeing as the weather warmed up.

"There are some big browns coming out," he said.

"I've seen some massive browns lately, some really big ones."

Mr Zink said he had been hunting a "real big one" at the Bundaberg Research Station in Ashfield Rd for some time.

He said some of the worst spots for snakes now were Burnett Heads, Bargara and Avoca.

Mr Zink has some advice for anyone dealing with a snake in their house or garden

. "The best thing to do is call a snake catcher," he said.

"If there's some idiot who wants to do it themselves they're going to pay the ultimate price or end up very sick.

"Best leave it to idiots like me."

He said the best tool to have in the backyard was a plastic rake.

"Put it between you and the snake and it'll bite that," he said.



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