Slithering into a yard near you
AFTER a winter slumber the phone of the Fraser Coast's resident snake expert, Roy McGrath, is starting to ring again.
Mr McGrath has been back on the road over the past weeks on the snake hunt as the district's slithery friends start coming out to try to find a partner.
That spells bad news for those with bird aviaries, chicken coops and inquisitive pets.
“My advice to everyone if they see a snake is just to let it be,” he said.
“They won't attack you unless they feel threatened and if you try and hit them with a big stick you'll soon find out how quick they can be.”
Mr McGrath was at Downer EDi Rail last week removing an Eastern Brown that had found herself a hiding place in one of the workshops.
“The Eastern Brown is the most dangerous of our snakes and should be treated with great respect,” he said.
“They love looking for cool places and some may well take up the opportunity to come through an open door into a shed, garage or even the house.
“If they do get in the house, lock them into one room and put towels under the door and give me a call. They are great at hiding and once it took me almost six hours to find one that had slithered in for a visit.
“The home owners ran outside in a panic when they saw it and just let it to go for a wander through the bedrooms.”
Mr McGrath said residents who had a chicken coop in the back yard should keep a close eye on it over the next few months.
“It's one sure fire way to attract snakes,” he warned.
“With free range eggs so cheap it makes me wonder why someone would bother to have one these days.”
If you do need the snake man he can be contacted on 0418 745 329.