Snake handler open for business in Lismore
IF you find something wriggling in the night, who you gonna call? Tex Tillis!
He's Lismore's newest snake catcher, ready to swiftly, safely, and responsibly remove and relocate any snake, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
He said he's the only trained snake catcher in Lismore, apart from other wildlife organizations who often don't have the capacity to capture dangerous snakes.
Mr Tillis has been catching snakes his whole life, and now he's launched his snake catching business, Tex's Snake Removal, in Lismore.
He said he uses a catch and release method with the snakes, releasing them in a safe environment where they won't return to the place they were found.
"I treat animals from a humane perspective," he said.
And what he does must work, because he said, "In the hundred and sixty odd snakes that I've handled in the last year in the Lismore area, no one has come back to the place they were found."
It's a unique occupation, so what drew Mr Tillis to it?
"I love snakes. I'm absolutely fascinated by snakes, at how completely different they are from humans," he said.
"I like that I can have a sense of true affection for a creature so different from me. It intrigues me, it draws me, and it makes me sympathetic to their plight."
Mr Tillis said the secret to what he does is: "Knowing the creature."
"Knowing what it can and can't do, how it can move."
Knowing how different types of snakes work, he said, is one of the most important things to his practice.
"You've got to have experience to do what I do."
Mr Tillis's favourite snake? Coastal Pythons because "To me they're like vaudevillian comedy actor of the snake world. And because of their gentleness and their beauty."
Mr Tillis advises anyone who comes across a snake at their home to "sensibly" keep their eyes on it and slowly back away, then call him.
If you have a snake problem, call Tex Tillis on 0448 471 028 or look him up on Facebook.