Could your garden be attracting snakes? We’ve got some tips for discouraging slithering visitors.
Brisbane snake catcher Bryan Robinson has been in the catching snakes for a business for the last 20 years and says call outs vary in activity all year round.
“During dry weather business gets a little slow…Generally humid conditions get things moving a bit,” he says.
Bryan says the three most common snakes found in gardens are the common tree snake, the carpet python and the yellow face whip snake.
He says only the yellow face whip snake is venomous and it can be identified by its yellowness around the eyes.
Snake catchers work to remove snakes that have often been attracted to yards or houses, where food and shelter are on offer to the snakes.
Brown snakes and taipans are attracted to gardens or farm sheds to hunt rats and mice and pythons regularly enter chicken pens and aviaries. Brown tree snakes hunt geckos around window sills and enter aviaries, often becoming trapped inside after they eat a bird. Common tree snakes actively hunt frogs during the day around gardens where frogs occur.
Backyards can also be used by snakes for shelter, with timber piles and sheets of corrugated iron common snake hide-outs.
By ensuring that your garden is tidy and that shrubs and large gardens are maintained away from the house you will reduce your chances of slithering visitors. If you have a rock wall or water feature that has a potential to house frogs or rats, you can discourage snakes by blocking holes on the structure.
It is important to ensure that food scraps are disposed of properly to discourage rats and mice, as snakes are attracted to places where they can obtain food. Bird owners should also discourage rodents by ensuring that aviaries are kept clean and hygienic and that the mesh is small enough to avoid a snake entering.
For more information visit www.ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife