VIDEO: 'Worries me': Gladstone snake catcher's influx warning

GLADSTONE'S snake catcher Mike Boen had only one word to describe this year's snake season: weird.
GLADSTONE'S snake catcher Mike Boen had only one word to describe this year's snake season: weird. Sarah Barnham

GLADSTONE'S snake catcher Mike Boen had only one word to describe this year's snake season: weird.

Usually by now, Mr Boen would be overrun with jobs but said despite having a busy week this week, it has been "eerily" quiet.


"Right now it's nothing like it's going to get like," he said.

"It's going to hit, and that worries me."


Gladstone's snake catcher Mike Boen with an Eastern brown snake he caught earlier today.
Gladstone's snake catcher Mike Boen with an Eastern brown snake he caught earlier today. Sarah Barnham

It's a scary but simple reminder to residents who live near the bush, have a garden or anything that would make a nice cool home for a snake to curl up in, to watch their step.

Mr Boen said there are snake hot spots in the region, areas he is called to most to first catch and then relocate snakes.

The most common suburb in Gladstone is Toolooa.

Mr Boen said the high number of older homes there made it easier for snakes to find comfortable places to hide.

Telina is next on the hot-spot list and along with Kirkwood they are surrounded by bush with danger spots around the rail lines which are lined with trees and terrain likely to hide snakes..

Inevitably, snakes love the bush and it's not uncommon for them to enter residential areas.

In fact, Mr Boen was once called to a job at Telina where a resident found a large carpet python coiled up in a baking try.

Another area Mr Boen frequents on jobs is Calliope.

Calliope covers a large area of bush with large residential blocks, giving snakes plenty of places more places to hide. And you're not out of the woods if you live at Boyne Island or Tannum Sands with plenty of snake sightings in these areas.

These two suburbs also cover a large area, hence the high number of calls from worried residents finding the slithering types around their yards and in their houses.

Snakes also like fruit bats and, because there are lots of fruit bats in the Boyne Tannum area, there are more sightings.

Even for those not living in the snake hot-spots, Mr Boen said residents should still always be on the look out for snakes.

If you need Mike to catch a snake at your place, call him on 0438 793 865

Topics:  agnes water, python, snake catcher, snakes, snake season

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