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Snake Capture

Do you have an unwanted snake in your home? We can help

Snake Spotted? What to Do Next...

Firstly, try not to panic! Snakes are exceedingly common in South-east Queensland, and the majority are harmless. The two most frequently encountered are Carpet Pythons, Morelia spilota, and Common Treesnakes, Dendrelaphis punctulata, both which are non-venomous. However, there are several highly venomous species in the area, including the Eastern Brown Snake (Pseudonaja textilis), and they can be hard to identify correctly. There are a few things to do following a snake-sighting that can help you decide the best course of action:

 

DON'T SPOOK THE SNAKE! 

While their eyesight is terrible over more than 5-10 metres and their hearing is practically non-existent, approaching them will only make them more alert, flighty, and eventually, defensive. Stay at least 5-10 metres away and keep movement to a minimum if you intend to keep an eye on the animal. DO NOT try to catch, kill, or otherwise harm the animal, this only makes things more dangerous and is against the law.

CAN YOU SAFELY ID/PHOTOGRAPH THE SNAKE? 

What can you note about it's features, including size, body pattern and colour, location/behaviour (climbing, swimming, on the ground), head shape, or anything else? These features, and any clear photos you can manage without spooking the snake, can help you identify which of your local species you're looking at and will certainly help your snake-catcher to ID the animal.

 

CALL A SNAKE CATCHER! 

If you can't ID the species, if the snake is indoors, if there are pets or people at risk, you can immediately call us anytime for an over the phone consultation. This can help determine the next best course of action and get assistance to your door if necessary.

MONITOR THE SNAKE, FROM A SAFE DISTANCE!

Let's say we've determined you have a venomous snake on your property. Now would be a bad time to go out. Stay and monitor not only the snake's location but also the movements and safety of your pets, family, and/or friends who may be present. Make sure they also do not spook or approach the animal while you wait for the snake catcher to arrive.

 

TALK TO US, YOUR SNAKE CATCHER!

We are a wealth of knowledge about snakes in your area and can help plan for future snake sightings on your property as necessary, whether you choose to have the snake removed or not.

 

MINIMISE RODENT HABITAT!

Here in eastern Australia, the common or eastern brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis) causes the most dangerous snakebites and, being a rodent specialist as an adult, is drawn to the smell of rats and mice. This goes for many of our native snake species. Minimising rodents by reducing rubbish and litter piles, particularly around the home, as well as keeping tidy refuse bins, can help lower the chance of inviting a venomous visitor to stay. 

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Snake Removal Cost

Our fees work on a call-out basis, starting at our standard snake removal call-out fee of $99*. This means we will arrive on site and do our best to remove the snake from your property. (**additional fees for weekends, out-of-hours calls from 8pm to 6am, for drive-times longer than 30 minutes, or public holidays). For more details, you can call us anytime for a free phone consultation on  

0447 143 911.

 

Please note, for the snake it be legally removed, it must present some kind of threat to pets, people, or property, rather than just being a nuisance. For instance, a non-venomous snake outdoors with no pets around does not present a threat, and should simply be viewed as an important and beautiful part of our local ecology.

The success of any snake removal will depend on several factors. These include, but are not limited to; how long it took for the client contact us, whether the snake was disturbed, under a hide, or on the move, also the ongoing presence of pets/people, and most importantly..IS THERE SOMEONE OBSERVING THE SNAKE FROM A SAFE DISTANCE OF AT LEAT 5 METERS OR MORE?

Additionally, snake removals rely on another rather uncontrollable factor; luck! The fact is, many snakes will simply be moving through your property during their seasonal searches for resources, and may just move on from your property after a short period. As such, if we can't find or access the snake for some reason following a charged callout, we can return to the property at half price for the next 24 hours if the snake is sighted again. We pride ourselves on providing our clients with a professionally carried out snake removal/consultation and property search, and the peace of mind of our half-price return period.

The Benefits Of Snakes

Snakes are a natural part of our local ecosystems, in fact they are essential for ecosystem health and well being, including ours! While the various species of snakes might be adapted to a wide variety of prey items (such as the bizarre crab-eating mangrove snakes of genera Fordonia and Gerarda in the Homalopsidae family), many are fantastic rodent predators. Snakes have a massive impact on rodent control, in both urban and agricultural settings. This is particularly important here in Queensland, which has extremely high rates of rodent-borne diseases.

 

All things considered, we looooove snakes! They protect us from rats and nasty diseases spreading in rodent urine and faecal matter throughout our suburbs and homes. They keep the balance between prey and other meso-predators, including other snakes, often being cannibalistic and thus perhaps less likely to reach dangerously high densities. They also provide a fantastic food source for many native predators, from various large lizards to kookaburras, eagles, and owls, as well as, of course, other snakes. We urge our clients to consider, before calling; Does this snake present a threat? Can it be safely left to move on by itself if pets/people are kept away?

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What We Do with Snakes We Catch: Our Snake Removal Process

We value our native biodiversity. We also understand that translocation and removal of wildlife, particularly snakes, has been shown to be distressing for the animal in question, with the potential to significantly increase their mortality rates. As such, it is our professional duty, to both our clients and our native wildlife, that we do everything possible to minimise the stress caused during capture, handling, transport, and release, as well as providing an ecologically suitable release ground within the local ecosystem for each species of snake we encounter.

 

While we don't recommend anyone handle or approach venomous snakes, we also believe that hook-and-bag capture and handling, without pinning or restraint, is one of the best methods available. As such, we are well trained in handling snakes using this method, with certified qualification in venomous snake handling and over twenty years experience with venomous snakes and other reptiles.

 

Venomous snakes, in particular, are secured in specially designed hoop-bags with locking clips and secured for transport in contained, lockable boxes with suitable airflow. Throughout the year, we aim to provide a stable temperature (not too hot, not too cold) for animals during transport, running our air-con constantly through summer! Following capture and containment, we use Google Maps or other navigation software to locate a suitable release habitat for each snake, drawing on many years of experience, as well as reading current literature on snake ecology.

 

Snakes are generally released somewhere quite, away from the general public. Aside from suitable local habitat features which are somewhat species dependent, all snakes need some immediate cover in which to flee, hopefully giving them some time to recover from their ordeal without further harassment from humans, noisy-miners and other mobbing birds, or predators, whether feral (such as cats and foxes) or native (like raptors, large monitor lizards, and other snakes). Though far from ideal, we hope these actions help translocated snakes settle back into the ecosystem, while constantly sharing with our clients the many benefits of snakes.

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