Weather entices snakes from hiding
AS THE weather warms across the Whitsundays, humans are not the only things wanting to soak up some sunshine.
Snakes are also on the move out of hibernation and are on the look out for mates and food.
Whitsunday snake catcher Kylee Gray said she had been inundated with calls at all times of the day and night to assist with the often unwelcome visitors that came into their homes, yards, garden sheds, pet cages and offices.
Two weeks ago Ms Gray was called to remove a large python that had made its way into a chicken house and had eaten a young girl's beloved pet. "Unfortunately snakes just see a meal and not someone's pet," she said.
"It's up to everyone to ensure their pets are safe and locked away at night especially cats as they seem to be quite popular meals at the moment."
Ms Gray also emphasised the importance of people keeping their distance when coming across snakes and that they should call a professional to remove them.
"Most snake bites occur when people are trying to catch or kill the snakes themselves," she said.
"I advise people to leave them alone, keep a safe distance back and keep an eye on them until I get there."
"I also suggest people lock-up their pets so they don't attack or disturb the snake.
Ms Gray said she was also concerned about the number of people killing snakes when they come across them.
"It is illegal to kill them and they are often found to be harmless tree snakes in most cases," she said.
For assistance with snakes call a licensed snake catcher such as Kylee on 0424 456 254 or Peter on 0439 478 140. Any injured snakes or wildlife should be reported to Fauna Rescue Whitsundays on 4947 3389.