SLIPPERY BED PARTNER: Snake catcher, Darryl Robinson with the carpet snake which was frozen in a hail storm.
SLIPPERY BED PARTNER: Snake catcher, Darryl Robinson with the carpet snake which was frozen in a hail storm. Contributed

Goodnight hiss: Snake catcher's unusual bed buddy

SNAKE catcher Darryl Robinson has seen many things in his job, but last week's snake rescue during the severe hail storms was a new one even for him.

Mr Robinson, who is the owner of Kingaroy Snake Catcher 24/7 was called out to collect a carpet snake that was originally caught by Christian Westfal Anderson from South Burnett Snake Catcher 24/7.

Mr Robinson said the snake was frozen after being trapped in the hail storm in Coolabunia.

"I picked him up three days after the storm, he was frozen solid," he said.

"He had hypothermia and bruising all over, he couldn't move, it was hard to watch."

The hard working snake catcher has implemented some unique strategies to bring the slithery creature back to his former self.

"He has been sleeping in my bed with me," Mr Robinson said.

"He has his own electric blanket."

The unusual techniques have proven successful and Mr Robinson is confident his new bedroom partner is showing strong signs of recovering.

"He is moving and starting to drink again, which is great," he said.

"Stephen and the team at the Kingaroy Vets have been fantastic, they gave him an anti-inflammatory injection and some pain relief."

Severe storms caused much destruction across the South Burnett last week and Mr Robinson offered his services free of charge to assist storm affected creatures.

"It was mostly birds and bats who had been affected by the heavy rain and hail," he said.

"Lots of broken wings and head damage."

The Kingaroy snake catcher is looking forward to releasing the defrosted reptile back to its natural habitat in the not too distant future.

Mr Robinson's partner is also looking forward to that day.

If it doesn't happen soon she said it would be him that gets the cold shoulder.

Update: The original article did not clarify who caught the snake, it has been amended to reflect that.

South Burnett


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