An experienced snake catcher who relocated a record number of serpents this week has issued a chilling warning to Australians, urging them to be cautious during the animals’ mating season.
‘If you see a snake, don’t assume the species,’ he told Daily Mail Australia on Friday.
‘Plenty are out and about at the moment during mating season. The weather is also a key factor.
‘I’ve been doing this line of work since 1994, and last Monday was incredible, it was just non-stop.
Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake catcher Tony Harrison said the warmer temperatures in spring present dangerous times for many suburban residents
Snake catcher Tony Harrison (pictured) said people should never assume a species – and to expect more reptiles to potentially enter homes over the next few months
‘We had three staff – including my wife – working from 7am to 11pm… we didn’t miss a beat from start to finish.
‘Our previous record was 16 (snakes) in one day.’
Mr Harrison also had some timely advice for those living in Australia’s more remote regions: If you see a snake in your home, take a photo from a safe distance and send it to a professional handler.
‘We will be able to tell you whether it is venomous or not,’ he said.
‘Don’t ever attempt to catch them yourself because that’s when you get bitten.’
Mr Harrison said the most common snake he is called out to remove are non-venomous carpet pythons, but he sees ‘plenty’ of venomous brown snakes, who are renowned for their aggression.
‘Generally speaking, snakes only get defensive if they feel threatened,’ he said.
‘Think logically, your safety is key.’
Mr Harrison has also removed a number of venomous brown snakes (pictured) recently
What are eastern brown snakes?
* Eastern brown snakes have adapted to living in urban environments
* The species is known for being bad-tempered, fast moving and aggressive
* The eastern brown is highly venomous with venom causing severe headaches in humans and vomiting and muscle tremors in dogs
* Paralysis from the serpent’s bite is slow however, with the majority of patients receiving lifesaving anti-venom in time
Source: Queensland Government