Cairns residents uncovered more than just Easter eggs around their homes this long weekend with a variety of snake species joining in on the Easter fun. Notable catches include a Clifton Beach Death Adder that was found near the doorstep (these snakes are so well camouflaged I suspect the only ones that actually get noticed are the ones near the welcome mat!), a 3m scrub python looking for a midnight snack in a Brinsmead kitchen, and a painfully full 2m scrub python found under the house while looking for a missing cat….It is still a very active period for many species of snakes around Cairns so make sure any small pets are well secured at night to avoid a dinner date with the scrub python community and remember to shut the screens at night so you don’t end up with a slaty-grey snake under your couch. If you live in Clifton Beach be careful where you step when you get the paper in the morning!
Another day, another dangerously venomous death adder! This 55cm specimen was relocated from a a backyard in Gordonvale. The adder was relaxing amongst leaf litter under a palm tree in the middle of the yard. The homeowners had young children that spent a lot of time playing in the yard and if it were not for the keen eyes of their grandfather, the death adder would probably have gone unnoticed… Populations of death adders are in decline and are currently listed as Near Threatened in Queensland (Nature Conservation Act 1992). Habitat destruction, cane toad poisoning and inappropriate grazing and fire regimes are thought to be the main causes.
Dominic Geiger, The Cairns Post October 11, 2016 5:00am USING a rake to pick up one of the world’s deadliest snakes might not be on the average person’s bucket list, but for recent arrivals to the Far North the danger isn’t always obvious. Matthew Hagan from Cairns Snake Catcher was alarmed when he received a photograph from a Gordonvale family, recently arrived from Europe, who had caught a death adder and put it in a bucket. “The family had young children playing in the yard and the snake was noticed and subsequently caught by their father,” Mr Hagan said. “After making sure the man had definitely not come in contact with the death adder, I explained that it was a dangerously venomous snake that is best dealt with by a professional.” Warmer weather and the breeding season are making reptiles more active around Cairns and Mr Hagan warned people to never approach a snake. Click to read full article