Reptile Ravings


 Snakes Enjoy July Warmth

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Snake catcher David Martin with one of the world's deadliest snakes the Eastern Brown

Licensed snake relocator David Martin, of Eatons Hill, said one the warmest Julys in Queensland history had brought the reptiles out in numbers along with the Red-bellied Black, a respectable 21st among the world's most venomous snakes. ‘There have been plenty of them about from late July,’ Mr Martin said. He said he recently relocated an Eastern Brown from a Petrie backyard and another from a Samford yard. He has also removed two pythons from a roof. Big pythons can constrict pets and even people, but they are not venomous.

‘It is smart to treat all unknown snakes as venomous,’ Mr Martin said. It is illegal to kill Australian native snakes and 13 of the 15 most venomous snakes in the world are Australian—hence Mr Martin's profession as a snake relocator. ‘We can only move them up to 5km so I moved the Petrie one up Dayboro Rd to beside North Pine Dam,’ he said.

Many land snakes are attracted to water and Red-bellied Black Snakes are often encountered along creek lines. Eastern Brown and Red-bellied Black Snakes are across most areas of Pine Rivers though more likely found in such as Dayboro, Samford, Petrie, Bray Park, Strathpine and Mango Hill.


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1. Do not try to harm it.

2. Keep an eye on it.

3. If you are a safe distance take a photo with a phone or camera.

4. Contact a snake relocate such as Mr Martin.

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