Introducing the newest member of the Cairns Snake Catching team – Jason Legg. Jason is a professional fishing guide, accomplished crocodile and snake handler, and a welcome addition to our team. We now have three professional snake catchers spanning multiple generations to help limit negative interaction between local Cairns residents and the local snake species. Scrub pythons were out in force this weekend looking to exploit any weaknesses in suburban chicken coops in order to access an easy meal. Jason caught this impressive Scrub Python on Friday at a residence in Machans Beach. Just short of 5m and weighing an impressive 28kg this big scrub python was found on top of a chicken coop systematically searching for the entrance to the all you can eat chicken buffet. Many other scrub pythons were also removed from in and around chicken coops this week. It is a timely reminder that as it gets hotter snake appetites increase and small pets left outside for the night need to be kept in a snake proof enclosure
Wet conditions around Cairns have resulted in an increase in snake activity in and around people’s homes as many local snake species decide to book themselves into more comfortable accommodation. This gentle giant was caught earlier in the week from Speewah and was desperately trying to find the entrance to the all you can eat duck buffet. Meticulous snake proofing of the duck enclosure was all that stopped this massive 5.2m scrub python from finding his seat at the table. During wet conditions it is really important to keep all screens on doors and windows shut – particularly at night. This week brown tree snakes, slaty-grey snakes, spotted pythons, common tree snakes, and scrub pythons have been the most common species relocated from inside people’s houses. Make sure any small pets like chickens, ducks, guinea pigs or cats are either brought in at night or are kept in snake proof enclosures outside.