Snake catcher Alex Meszaros warns people that carpet pythons and less friendly-natured snakes can pop up anywhere and at any time.
Snake catcher Alex Meszaros warns people that carpet pythons and less friendly-natured snakes can pop up anywhere and at any time. Max Fleet

Snakes still out in cooler weather

SNAKE catcher Alex Meszaros reckons he is seeing the effect of global warming up close, with a constant call for his services through the winter.

Mr Meszaros said during the past three winters he had been seeing the effects of warmer weather on snakes in the district.

“Snakes don't go into proper hibernation in Australia, they just go into a semi-dormant state when they're cold,” he said.

“When we get a warm day they just pop up out of the ground.”

Mr Meszaros said he could not say what was causing global warming.

“All I can do is say what these animals are doing; these animals are tied to the climate because they're cold blooded,” he said.

“If you watch what the animals are doing it hasn't happened before in my lifetime, but it's happening now.”

The warm, wet spring the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting is bad news on several fronts for people who do not like snakes.

“If we have a wet season a lot of the areas where they have their homes go under water, so they have to move,” he said.

Mr Meszaros said a warm, wet spring meant very active breeding by insects.

The availability of food that fuelled population growth in frogs, lizards and small animals meant there was plenty of food for snakes and they would breed too.

Mr Meszaros said that as the region moved closer to spring snakes were becoming more active.

“I've had four calls in the past four days,” he said.

Mr Meszaros said the most common snakes that occurred in the Bundaberg region were carpet pythons, green tree snakes and brown snakes.

He said that by law his method of catching them had to be non-lethal, they had to be captured in a way that did not harm the animal and they had to be released close to where they were caught within 24 hours.

 

SNAKE SAFETY

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