Caution – snakes about

SNAKE season is well under way and local reptile wrangler Dusty Jones has been run off his feet collecting them from people’s properties. 

“I’ve got them out of toilets, showers and cars, even found one in a water bed,” he said.

“I can’t believe how many calls we’ve had.

“It is very busy. I haven’t done the stats for this season but I think it’s going to be our busiest.

“There has been such a proliferation because of the wet, dry and hot days.

“And it had been a good breeding season.

“During the last few months of last year we had some fantastic rain, so there were lots of frogs and tadpoles about, which snakes eat.

“We are still seeing a lot of little snakes coming out.”

He said the majority of the snakes were red bellied blacks and eastern browns.

“More red bellied blacks, they’re prolific breeders,” he said.

“This year they are spread all over the Shoalhaven too.

“Last year most were in the south. This year they’re everywhere from Cambewarra, Berry, Shoalhaven Heads, Browns Mountain, right down to Ulladulla.”

Mr Jones said the best way to discourage snakes from yards was to use a garden hose to spray their heads, which generally sent them in the other direction.

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