Snakes caught living in ceiling
EVERYONE knows snakes and ladders go together and at Gladstone at the moment it's wise to have the latter at the ready.
Snake catcher Mick Boen caught three hefty-sized carpet pythons in the ceiling of a Telina home on Saturday evening.
“They (the residents) were hearing noises in the walls and ceiling,” he said.
The homeowners had inspected the ceiling space and spotted the snakes huddled and apparently fighting.
“This would have been more a mating ritual than fighting,” Mr Boen said.
He climbed through the manhole and spotted one of the snakes in the corner of the ceiling.
Advancing slowly across the ceiling, Mr Boen lifted up an insulation batt, only to find two eyes staring at him.
“My heart gave a skip,” he said.
“It was the largest one, the female 2.6m long, and I put the batt down on top of it.”
After capturing and bagging the two snakes, it was time to coax out the third, which had crawled into the wall cavity.
The homeowners had seen a python several times, and once saw it trying to push through the cat flap.
Mr Boen, who grew up catching rattlesnakes in Texas, said cat flaps were favourite entrances into homes for snakes, and lead weights can be attached to them to make it harder for snakes to enter.
“I don't want to scare people, but they need to be cautious without being paranoid,” Mr Boen said.
Anyone in need of a licensed snake catcher can call Chris Foster on 0407 372 895 or Mick Boen on 0438 793 865.
- First aid kit with pressure bandages are a must for every home.
- Clear two-metre space around stairs or doorways of any containers including pot plants, toy boxes, and water bowls.
- Plug any holes about the size of a Coke can where snakes can enter ceilings.
- Turn on outside light when going outside at night or carry flashlight.