Rain ramps up snake activity
WHILE the word going around is that snakes numbers are rising this summer, Ipswich snake catcher Bryan Robinson says that's not the case.
Mr Robinson said people should be aware of the dangers snakes present all year round and said the idea that they liked hot, dry conditions was a myth.
"Every year I hear the same rhetoric (that numbers are increasing)," he said.
"People see a couple of snakes and assume there must be more around.
The experienced snake catcher said snakes preferred mild, moist weather conditions. '
"They aren't as active during hotter periods. When we had that recent burst of rain though things went crazy," he said.
"October is the month we see a lot of brown snakes in Ipswich but that period is all said and done now."
Mr Robinson said snakes didn't usually stay in one place for long and the thought they didn't like busy placed was also a common myth.
"I've caught a number of large brown snakes in Riverlink and in the middle of the mall," he said.
"They're mainly passing through, it's the actions we take (that can put us in danger).
"They're like a power point. You and your kids can live around it but it's only once you stick a knife in there you're in trouble. Snakes only act if they're intimidated."