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Why it is important to relocate a snake?

This is a question that we get asked regularly and we are so happy when we hear it. If you have ever asked that question, thank you! There are very few viable reasons for relocating a snake, but we have put together a list so that you understand what they are.

  • The snake inadvertently has found its way inside your car/home/workplace. This is usually a total accident, unless they are on the hunt for food, of course.
  • The snake has made its way into your pet’s enclosure. This can happen and most often is as a result of being attracted by food or water. This can happen particularly on very hot days or when food is sparse.
  • The snake is injured or at risk of injury. This may be as a result of an encounter with another animal, maybe even your dog or a neighbour’s dog.
  • The snake poses a threat to pet or personal safety. If this is the case, it is vital that you protect yourself, family members and pets.

In saying that, one needs to define what is considered a threat and this is dependent on the species of snakes. Many of our snakes pose little to absolutely no threat to us and our pets. They really are better off being left to continue playing their role in the natural balance of their habitat. Even a highly venomous snake will avoid you at all costs if it has an available escape path and somewhere to hide. Please, bear this in mind when confronted with a snake. They really are more scared of you than you are of them.

So how would you know if a snake is venomous or not? Well here is where a professional comes in handy. We would suggest that you safely take a photo and send it to your trusted local catcher. There is no charge for identifying a snake or receiving advice (and you will save yourself a callout fee).

Many of our snakes come in various colours and patterns thus making it difficult to identify from a description over the phone. A clear photo showing the head if possible is the most reliable way to get an accurate id. Your location is also important as this will help the snake expert in narrowing down to the local species.

More and more Australians are educating themselves on their local species and the expected behaviour of the snakes they may encounter. This is no different to finding out what birdlife or mammals or fish or frogs or insects inhabit their surrounding area. Cohabitation is an urgent path we all need to work towards. Unfortunately, this understandably may take a long time as our fear of snakes is so engrained in our society. A fear of snakes has been passed down through the generations. We can all make a start by at least researching the local species and learning more about them.

And don’t forget if you are in doubt, give your local snake catcher a call for help. They will be happy to advise you.

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