If you think snakes have been hanging around longer than usual this year, you’re probably right.
Following a call out at Mount Druitt this week, Australian Snake Catcher’s Sean Cade said he was surprised by the amount of calls he’s had in recent weeks.
“It’s funny because it’s a bit cooler but they’re all still kicking around,” he said.
“We’re late in the season, so it’s a bit unusual. But because of the high temperatures they’re still out.”
Although snakes don’t hibernate and can often be seen sunbaking on a warm day during winter, Mr Cade said snakes are usually more scarce at this time of year.
“I had about eight calls just over the Easter long weekend.
“Usually a season lasts from September to March. This time it started in July and is looking likely to go into May.”
Mr Cade was called to a warehouse on Kurrajong Avenue on Monday afternoon, after a red-bellied black snake was found inside by the startled business owner.
The four-foot serpent reared up at the man, who was sent running and injured himself on a piece of machinery.
“When I got there the man was bleeding and I thought, ‘What’s happened here!’,” Mr Cade said.
“The snake was coiled up inside a metal tressle. After I got him out I noticed he had a bit of an injury too.
“He had a few mock strikes at me, but that’s standard considering he was frightened and injured.”
Mr Cade said the rapid development of St Marys and Mount Druitt has forced snakes to move around in search of shelter.
“Our job is about education, information and conservation.
“We always release the snakes back into a suitable environment. Unfortunately, there are not too many areas we can do that these days.”
- The most common types of snakes found in western Sydney are red-bellied black snakes and eastern brown snakes.
- Snakes are ectothermic, meaning they get their body heat from external sources. They have excellent senses of sight and smell.
- Snakes are not naturally aggressive and prefer to retreat.
- If you see a snake, calmly walk away from the animal.
- You need a licence to keep a snake in NSW.