Dog bites snake

A MAN who narrowly escaped with his life after being bitten by a brown snake in April has urged residents to keep a keen eye out for the slithering reptiles as the weather heats up.

Six months later, Noosa found himself in another slippery encounter when Mr Whelan found the dog with a 1m brown snake in the yard.

"I heard the dog near the back door thumping around and I went out and saw he had a snake in his mouth and had killed it," Mr Whelan said.

"I just wanted people to know they're out there.

"I actually like snakes but I want people to be aware that they're coming out."

Snake catcher Anthony Zink said he had seen a significant increase in call outs recently.

"There has been an increase over the past week," Mr Zink said.

"It's mainly because of the dry weather.

"They're out looking for water."

Mr Zink said the best thing to do if you encountered a snake was to stay away.

"Just leave it alone, stand back, call a snake catcher and keep an eye on it until they arrive," he said.

"When people try to kill them, it ends up being detrimental to them more than the snake."

Mr Zink urged people not to leave big puddles or containers of water around their yard because they attracted the snakes to the house area.


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