The Fauna Fetcher team Sophie and Brdiget Thomson are passionate about wildlife and the environment.
The Fauna Fetcher team Sophie and Brdiget Thomson are passionate about wildlife and the environment. Marc Stapelberg

Snakes aren't out to get you ... they're looking for a mate

LAST week, the Fauna Fetchers were run off their feet relocating snakes - 15 of them in one day.

Six carpet pythons were found in one Nimbin family's roof.

But Fauna Fetchers Bridget and Sophie Thomson assure us there is nothing to worry about, we're not on the verge of a snake plague, we're just more aware of them because of social media.

"It was a pretty good number," Bridget said. "But there were multiple snakes from one location - it is breeding season, they're just meeting up."

 

As well as carpet snakes, the Fetchers also relocated a green tree snake, a brown tree snake and an eastern brown found in Jonson Street in Byron Bay.

And while they are more than happy to remove a snake from your house and relocate it to a beautiful nature reserve, they say you have a role to play in making sure they don't come back.

"Snake relocation is a good solution," Sophie said. "But it's only short term."

The Fetchers said snakes came to your place for a reason, the resources you supply - food, water and shelter - and if you don't do something about denying them access to that, they'll just come back.

That means getting rid of vermin, cleaning up around your property and blocking any access points to your home.

Bridget says you would be surprised at the places snakes can get into.

"They are strong, full of muscle, and they are great at what they do."

One client found a green tree snake in a bathroom. It was just making it's way down the shower drain when Bridget caught it.

Later investigation found the drain led out into the yard, making a perfect entry point to the house.

Encouraging other natives such as kookaburras and magpies can also help deter snakes from your yard, so encouraging them to hang around is a good idea, "and you don't have to pay for it".

The Fauna Fetchers said it is also important to educate children about how to behave around snakes, and to train dogs to avoid them.

They said you can't control your environment, but education can control the outcome of a snake encounter.

Their most important message: "The snakes aren't out to get you. They are just on the move after winter and they are looking to breed."



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