WORK TO DO: Matt Jolly, from Jolly Snake Catcher, says there has definitely been more snakes on the move since the start of September.
WORK TO DO: Matt Jolly, from Jolly Snake Catcher, says there has definitely been more snakes on the move since the start of September. Nicola Brander

Mating season and the warmer weather get snakes on move

THE weather's warming and soon the snakes will be swarming.

Sunshine Coast snake catchers have already noticed an increase in call-outs since the onset of spring this week, with one reporting eight separate calls in a single day.

That's not to say the slithery reptiles have been completely hidden in the colder months.

"I have been catching all through winter and there's been no real difference," Go Wild Reptiles' Ray Wallbank said.

"Snakes don't hibernate, like everyone says they do. They slow down a lot, but they don't go into hiding."

Mark Neath had 30 call-outs last month, mostly for pythons.

"At the moment, it's right at the cusp of the python and black snake mating season, so the boys will be out looking for the girls," he said.

"People are more likely to encounter them."

Stuart McKenzie said recent changes in weather had snakes on the move.

"Since we had those big rains and the sun for the last few weeks, it's been pretty hectic," he said.

"I work with another guy and we've been getting calls every single day - he had eight calls in one day the other day. I think it will be a pretty busy season for snakes."

Matthew Jolly, too, has noticed more snakes around this winter.

"There are definitely more snakes on the move. They have started from the first of September," he said.

"They are definitely increasing ... and they range right along the Coast."

SNAKE CATCHERS

Mark Neath: 0432 465 156

Stuart McKenzie: 0408 545 440 (plus search Facebook "Sunshine Coast snake/reptile removal and relocation")

Matthew Jolly: 0449 033 832

Ray Wallbank: 0410 774 924


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