Busy Snake Day in Brisbane, Australia

A SUBURBAN underwear drawer isn’t exactly the natural habitat of an Eastern Brown snake, but that’s where the venomous reptile was found snuggled up in Brisbane yesterday.

It’s just one of the many jobs Bryan Robinson from Snake Catchers Brisbane has been called to on the city’s westside in recent weeks.

The caller from The Gap initially saw the snake on a window sill and thought it was a common tree snake.

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The Gap is a leafy and hilly suburb of Brisbane, in Queensland, Australia, located approximately 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) west of the Brisbane Central Busines District CBD.

However when Mr Robinson arrived it to remove it, he found it in the resident’s underwear drawer.

Mr Robinson said his snake catchers were working around the clock to meet demand for removal of reptiles across Brisbane.

“We were out until 10.30 the other night and we started at 7 o’clock the next morning. Then we had a 3.30am call to go to the other day too. There’s not much time to sleep,” he said.

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“It’s mainly carpet snakes that are kicking around at this time of year.”

The biggest snake caught so far has been a 2.9m carpet snake caught at Oxley, but carpet snakes are being found all over Brisbane.

“The Gap and Chapel Hill are always your two stand outs,” Mr Robinson said.

“People are finding them in cars, fridges, washing machines. We’re taking about 30 inquiries a day at the moment.”

And despite giant snakes appearing on Facebook, Mr Robinson said that doesn’t mean there’s more than usual.

“People think there are snakes everywhere but it’s just that there are so many options for us to see what’s going on in people’s backyards now. You get some pretty awesome sized snakes. We’ll get carpet snakes in excess of 10 foot this year.”

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Meanwhile, an Eastern Brown snake had to be relocated after slithering onto the Brisbane Airport tarmac this afternoon.

“Snakes do like the airport, which is why we have an efficient wildlife coordinator who keeps an eye on wildlife,” the spokeswoman said.

“The snake has been relocated to greener pastures.”
There have so far been two calls to the State Emergency Service today, both for fallen trees.

Both incidents, one in the Lockyer Valley and one in Crestmead, occurred between noon and 12.45pm.

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According to the Environment Department, 27 species of land-based snakes can be found in the Brisbane area. The most common include Carpet Pythons and Tree Snakes. There are venomous ones too – including the Coastal Taipan, Tiger Snake, Rough-scaled Snake, Eastern Brown Snake and the charmingly named Death Adder. Eeek.

The department says only the Eastern Brown Snake is regularly found in Brisbane suburbs. It is highly venomous.

Markozen is going to Brisbane next winter. I’ll be packing welders gloves and thick leather riding boots.

Lynx Face Off

An Ontario man could not believe his eyes nor his ears when he stumbled upon a pair of lynx engaged in an epic and truly strange showdown. Ed Trist captured the bizarre encounter as it unfolded in front of him while driving down a remote logging road. According to him, spotting a lynx in the area is not a particularly rare event, but such sightings usually consist of a fleeting glimpse and the elusive creatures are always alone.

Realizing that this particular scene was rather out of the ordinary, he stopped about 30 feet away and began filming the wildcats. In the amazing and somewhat mesmerizing footage, the lynx can be seen staring each other down and exchanging shrieks that are alternatively haunting and hilarious. Marveling at the remarkable moment he’s been fortunate enough to witness, Trist muses “who runs into this?”

It would seem that the answer to that question is ‘not too many people’ as a wildlife expert told the CBC that “typically it’s not witnessed” in nature since the lynx facing off would likely do so in the boreal forests of the area away from human eyes. He theorized that Trist happened upon a male and a female lynx in the midst of mating season, but the battle could have also been caused by two of the animals running into each other and protecting their respective territory from intruders.