Quest for ladies brings out snakes after hibernation

BRAVE OR SILLY? A python celebrates warmer weather by playing chicken with traffic at Dulong.
BRAVE OR SILLY? A python celebrates warmer weather by playing chicken with traffic at Dulong. Warren Lynam

SNAKES have woken up from their winter slumber in force with a Sunshine Coast snake catcher receiving up to 20 calls for help in one day.

Dan Lynch, from Sunshine Coast Snake Catcher 24/7, was swamped with phone calls from people unsure what to do about slithery visitors yesterday.

And his boss, Richie Gilbert has also had his hands full in the last week with "so many phone calls and so many snakes to move".

He picked up a mammoth python in a Mount Coolum home on Wednesday.

Sunshine Coast Daily photographer, Warren Lynam, had to wonder why the snake crossed the road after spotting a large python crossing the road at Dulong.

Mr Lynch said the answer was most likely he was looking for a girl.

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"The males are cruising out at the moment looking for a mate," Mr Lynch said.

Pythons weren't fussy, any female would do.

Most of the calls he has received involved pythons with only one call-out yesterday for a brown tree snake.

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"We've been receiving calls from all over the Coast, from Noosa area down to Bribie Island.

"A lot of them had been up in a roof cavity and are now coming down."

Mr Lynch would normally take the snake and relocate it a busy area a "few kilometres out".

"Reptiles are not very smart, if we let them go a few kilometres away they won't find their way back to the house."

He said snake catchers were not allowed to drop off snakes in national parks.

The biggest predators for snakes were cats, dogs and big birds.

But when a python was this size of the one spotted crossing the road, humans were the biggest threat.

Despite the huge prevalence of snakes at the start of the season, Mr Lynch didn't believe their numbers were increasing.

"Their population is kept in check," he said.

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