The number of snake sightings has increased dramatically over the past month with snakes actively seeking both feeding and reproductive opportunities. With male carpet pythons battling it out in ceiling spaces, backyards and homes throughout the suburbs the calls have been coming in thick and fast for people requiring assistance or simply some sound advice. The Gap, Bardon, Chapel Hill and Ashgrove have seen large numbers of Carpet Pythons with some our snake catcher for The Gap recording up to 5 snakes at a time in some roof voids. A 2700mm specimen was removed from a Samford home study and an even bigger 3 metre specimen taken from a chicken coup in Dayboro.
The venomous snakes have started to move as well with a number of Eastern Browns recorded from Whiteside, Petrie, Warner, Pinkenba, Eagle Farm, Wacol, Ipswich, Forestdale and Sinnamon Park. A 1200mm brown managed to find its way into an air-conditioning vent in Sherwood and presented a fair challenge to isolate and remove. Needless to say our Brisbane snake catcher was up to the task and safely relocated it to a more suitable locality. Red Bellied Black Snakes are also on the move with one from Virginia measuring a tidy 1600mm. Snakes at this size are truly impressive to say the least.
October is always the peak time for Eastern Brown Snakes so be sure to keep an eye on your pets as they wander around the yard. It's this time of year that sees them at peak reproductive capacity and subsequently interactions with humans are also more likely.