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Be wary of judging a snake by its colour

This deadly eastern brown snake was found by snake catcher Roy McGrath.
This deadly eastern brown snake was found by snake catcher Roy McGrath. Contributed

VETERAN snake catcher Roy McGrath is begging the community not to judge the breed of snake purely by its colour.

Mr McGrath's warning comes days after he caught Australia's most deadly snake, the eastern brown, on the side of a Hervey Bay road.

But the difference in this snake prompting Mr McGrath's warning was the snake wasn't brown, but a shiny black.

"It's a one-in-40 snake," Mr McGrath said.

He said the number of snakes caught leading into summer had been steady.

As warmer weather continues to hit the Fraser Coast most snakes are on the move, searching for cooler air coming from resident's homes.

With about eight variations of colour in some snakes, identifying the type of reptile slithering into your home is a guessing game.

Mr McGrath has one message for people attempting to identify a snake.

"It doesn't matter what they think it is - leave it to the professionals," he said.

"If they do come in your property or garage, give us a call and we'll take care of them."

Generally, he said, snakes would not attack unless provoked and even then, following correct first-aid procedure the victim was likely to survive.

But he reminded people not to wash the bite area and get to a hospital as soon as possible.

If you find a snake, confine it to a room or watch where it goes.

Phone Roy McGrath on 0418 745 329.

Topics:  breed, colour, hervey bay, maryborough, roy mcgrath, snake catcher, snakes




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