Snakes on the move across the Darling Downs

A TOOWOOMBA snake catcher says snakes are on the move across the Darling Downs.

Snake consultant and licensed handler David Wiedman has rounded up snakes in Middle Ridge, Redwood, The Glennie School in Newtown, Highfields and Mt Lofty.

He said indications showed the reptiles were becoming more active as the weather warmed up for spring.

"I think it's going to be a very busy season this summer," he said.

He said the males were out and about looking for mates.

Newly hatched snakes are also hunting for food.

Mr Wiedman said the snakes were out earlier this year because of the warmer than usual winter.

The snake catcher has a new Facebook page, Toowoomba Snake Catchers 24/7.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection says extra care should be taken during hotter periods when snakes are more active.

A Yellow Faced Whip snake caught in Woolridge St.
A Yellow Faced Whip snake caught in Woolridge St. Contributed

TIPS TO KEEP SNAKES AWAY FROM YOUR HOME

Snakes are often attracted to yards and houses, when food and shelter are unknowingly provided by the human inhabitants.

Brown snakes and taipans eat rodents and are attracted to garden or farm sheds to hunt rats and mice.

Pythons regularly enter chicken pens and aviaries to prey on the occupants.

They are also found in roof cavities hunting for rats and possums.

Brown tree snakes are specialists at invading aviaries, often becoming trapped inside after they have eaten a bird.

These snakes can also be found at night hunting for geckos around window sills in the home.

Common tree snakes actively hunt frogs during the day and are often seen around the house and garden where frogs occur.


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