Venomous snake handler Kris Foster holds a red-bellied black snake.
Venomous snake handler Kris Foster holds a red-bellied black snake.

Snakes raise their heads as weather warms

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au

SNAKES are coming out of hibernation and are looking for fair game, but that's not you.

Snake catcher Kris Foster said both venomous and non-venomous snakes had already made an appearance in Gladstone, and sightings would increase as the weather warmed up.

Mr Foster said snakes were badly misunderstood.

He said that sometimes led people to make two major mistakes.

;People could kill non-venomous snakes because they mistake them for venomous snakes, or they could attempt to pick up a venomous snake thinking it was not venomous with fatal results.'

He said snakes had a place in the environment and, when left alone, presented little or no dan-ger to people.

He said it was best to leave it to experts to remove the snake and put it where it would pose no danger to humans or be in danger itself.

Mr Foster has been issued with a permit by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) to keep venomous snakes as pets.

He said the most common nonvenomous snakes caught in Gladstone area backyards were carpet pythons and the green or tree snake.

The most common venomous snake was the eastern brown snake (the second-most venomous snake in the world) and the black and yellow faced whip snakes.

Mr Foster charges $50 for the removal of snakes 'or a little more if I have to travel'.

The QPWS said timber, tall grass and other rubbish kept close to the house could attract and harbour snakes.



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