Thursday, November 8, 2012

Snakes Alive!!!

Thursday 8th November, 2012

OMG this is enough to make me thankful that I don't live in the southern suburbs. 

This was taken from the Snakes Away Facebook page:
          "This season is extremely busy for snake sightings in the southern suburbs.  This week alone we have had call outs to some of the following suburbs and more; Woodside, Darlington, Onkaparinga Hills, Willunga, Marino, Harrogate, Flagstaff Hill, Hallett Cove, Lonsdale, Belair, Blackwood, Reynella, and the list goes on.  They are everywhere. The hotspots at the moment are Darlington, Hallett Cove, Marino, Coromandel Valley, Willunga and Flagstaff Hill.  They are mainly eastern brown snakes, the second most deadliest land snake in  the world."

I know snakes know no boundaries and there are plenty in the north eastern and northern suburbs as well, but currently it appears the south has more than their fair share.

They had the owner of Snake Away on the radio this morning and he said it was the busiest he has ever been in his 38 years as a snake catcher.

He related one story of where a guy parked his car on Jetty Road at Glenelg, a very busy shopping precinct, and when he opened the passenger door a red bellied black snake slithered past him and into the car.  He closed the door on it and called the snake catcher.  Police had to come and stop all the traffic while the snake catcher got the snake out of the car.  

He also mentioned that this time of year is their breeding season and they can be quite aggressive.  The most common snakes they catch are the brown snake and the red bellied black snake.

My biggest fear is going outside and coming face to face with a snake.  Let's hope and pray that's one encounter I never have!

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