HANDS ON: Ben Hansen with a snake caught in Biloela earlier in the month.
HANDS ON: Ben Hansen with a snake caught in Biloela earlier in the month. Contributed

Snakes are on the move in town as the weather warms up

SNAKES are on the move in the Banana Shire.

ProPest Biloela snake catcher Ben Hansen told The Central Telegraph he has been called out to relocate three eastern brown snakes in Biloela this week.

Eastern browns are the most common snakes in the region while keelbacks, pythons, carpet and green tree snakes are also found in the area.

Mr Hansen said despite their name, you can't rely on colour to identify eastern browns with the snakes ranging from brown, to black, orange and even striped.

He said it was not uncommon to see them in spring with the snakes on the move as the weather warms up.

This snake was found in a bathroom in Biloela.
This snake was found in a bathroom in Biloela. Contributed

Mr Hansen said if you do see a snake it was best to give the reptile a "wide berth”.

"If it is in the yard most of the time it is just moving through,” he said.

Mr Hansen said while it was wise to avoid snakes, it was rare for people to die from snake bites.

He said there were about 5000 snake bites recorded in Australia each year and on average only two deaths.

If you do suspect you have been bitten, remain calm and wrap the bite up and down and call the ambulance,

"If you have been bitten on the arm for instance, you need to wrap from the hand back to the shoulder,” Mr Hansen said.

He also advised people avoid applying tourniquets as they have now been proven to be ineffective.

Mr Hansen said brown snakes do live in suburbia and were not afraid of people.

To deter them, the best thing you can do is keep your yard clear of rubbish and debris, keep your grass mowed and lift everything off the ground by 30cm.

If you do see a snake, try to keep track of where it went.

Mr Hansen said when he was called out to catch and relocate a snake, he heads to where it was last spotted and attempts to get the relocation done as quickly as possible.

The species of the snake determines where it is relocated to.

According to Department of Environment and Science regulations, non-venomous snakes will be taken 150 metres away from where they were found. This is usually the nearest creek or park.

A venomous snake will be taken out of town into habitat that is suitable for them.

Snake bite first-aid kits are available for sale at ProPest Biloela.


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