Snake catchers (L) Lee Davis and Roy McGrath with 3 pythons. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Snake catchers (L) Lee Davis and Roy McGrath with 3 pythons. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

Three snakes weighing 20kg found living in woman's roof

GRANDMOTHER Joyce Miller's nightmares came true when three 20kg, three-metre-long carpet snakes were pulled out of her roof.

The sound of the large snakes fighting, eating and mating was keeping Biggenden's Joyce awake for hours into the night, so she decided her noisy visitors had to go.

"They were up there for about three weeks," Joyce said.

"I had been trying to get someone out here to get rid of them since it started but no one wanted to come."

She said other snake catchers had rejected her pleas, telling her carpet snakes were harmless.

"I couldn't sleep knowing they were up there and could fall on me," Joyce said.

Finally, she got in contact with snake catcher Roy McGrath.

Roy, 76, has been catching snakes for 60 years and sent his employee Lee Davis into Joyce's roof to remove the serpents.

"Lee had a hell of a struggle," Roy said with a chuckle. "He was probably up there for 45 minutes or so, but the lady was only too pleased to see them go."

With snake season just starting, the experienced snake handler said people should get their homes and yards ready for any unwanted reptiles.

"Because it's dry, [the snakes] will be coming in for water so put your pet's water inside and shut your doors," he said.

"Keep your yard tidy and pick up any scrap metal or wood off the ground."

There are almost 30 different species of snake that live around the Fraser Coast including some of the country's most venomous; the Eastern Brown and the Red Belly Black.

Roy said if you see a snake, stay away from it or give him a call on 0418 745 329.


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