Snakes on the move in Macarthur

The weather is warming up and that means slithery creatures will be awake and looking for a mate.

Snakes in Macarthur are now coming out of brumation, a hibernation-like state, and they are on the lookout for food and to breed.

Campbelltown resident and professional snake catcher Cory Kerewaro is gearing up for a busy couple of months.

He said there had no been an increase in snake activity in winter despite warmer weather.

“The drought conditions have made no difference to how many snakes were active during winter,” Mr Kerewaro said.

“I have caught a few snakes over winter but not a massive amount.

“During this winter, nights have still been freezing and that means, even with the warmer temperatures during the day, the snakes weren’t able to heat up their body temperatures enough to want to move around.

“I’ve seen news articles saying there has been a ‘plague of snakes’ this winter and that is not correct.”

Mr Kerewaro said increased housing development had destroyed snakes’ habitat and caused them to seek shelter closer people’s homes and in their backyards.

The snake catcher removed a red-bellied black snake from the front entrance of a Glen Alpine house on Friday.

“The snake was spotted on the door of the resident’s house and quickly scurried back into a hole between the concrete slab and the house,” the Reptile Relocation Sydney business owner said.

“With a bit of patience, I managed to get this unwanted visitor out safely and relocated into bushland far away from any human interaction.

He said he had removed snakes from every suburb in Macarthur.

“They are often found in semi-rural properties which open onto bushland,” Mr Kerewaro said.

“People often find snakes when they are gardening. If a yard is overgrown or there are piles of rubbish, rodents like to hide there and the snakes are looking for food.

“Snakes will often use messy yards to shelter on a hot day.”

Mr Kerewaro said brown, red-bellied black, yellow-faced whip, tree and death adder snakes and occasionally pythons were the common types found in Macarthur.

“If you see a snake on your property, keep a safe distance away, take a photo of it, contact a licenced snake catcher and keep an eye on it,” he said.

“There is a myth that snakes will chase people. I catch snakes every day and I have never been chased.

“They are scared and shy animals. They try to hide if they are in danger.”

Residents who come across an injured snake should call a professional snake catcher to remove it. The snake will then be taken to a veterinarian and will be passed onto a rehabilitation group such as WIRES.

For more information, visit Reptile Relocation Sydney on Facebook or contact Mr Kerewaro on 0455 570 000.

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