Baby snakes arriving at a place near you

Luke Huntley, snake catcher.

Baby snakes are on their way as birthing and hatching season has arrived, according to snake catcher Luke Huntley who provides some tips on what to do if you come across them.

“For the next few months we will watching as the snakes either hatch out of the egg or with some species give birth to their babies,” he said.

So what should you do if you see a snake?

The first thing to do is remain calm and call a professional like myself to come out or just get some friendly advice over the phone. Do not interfere with the snake. Its much safer for you to either call me out or leave it to do its thing. Keep a safe distance and remove all children and animals from the area. Do not kill it! If you try to you’ve just increased your chances of getting bitten by 85 per cent. Plus they are protected and it is illegal to kill one.

What if you get a snake in your house?

Will there be lots of babies all through the house? Well if you’re unlucky enough to have a female snake come inside and give birth then yes. But usually not. Most of the time they get lost and can’t find their way out. Sometimes they are just escaping the blistering summer sun. Snakes get hot too.

If there’s one will there be more?

This is perhaps the most common question I get asked. When baby snakes are born and hatch they will leave. For a few days after a hatching or birthing there may be a few that hang around for a bit. You’ll certainly notice a few around for a couple of days or maybe a week. But they will move on. If you’re concerned call me.If there’s babies wheres the mum?

So the snakes on the Sunshine Coast are not maternal. They will not hang around once the babies are born or give birth. They will leave and do their own thing. They are very different to us. So that’s it really. I hope I could give you all a bit of useful information for the upcoming tide of snakes.

If you need help phone Luke 24/7 on 0499 920 290.

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