Sting in brown snake tale
FAMILIES of a Murwillumbah street could be forgiven for thinking they live in "Snake Gully" after terrifying encounters this week with brown snakes and warnings more are about.
But one family says they are concerned about the lack of response after they called seven wildlife experts before eventually finding one who would respond to their pleas for help to check their yard after they spotted a monster brown.
Tracey Manz of O'Connor Street, Bray Park said a neighbour paid the expert $71 to come and inspect the area after a fat, metre-anda-half long brown snake reared its head in her front yard on Thursday ? but he only found another baby brown about 30cm long.
She said she was now terrified to let her two small children play outside and also worried about her pet dog and cat.
Homes in the street back onto farmland with canefields a short distance away and remnants of bushland also close by.
But she said the wildlife expert who did attend on Thursday afternoon warned it may have been the fami- ly's compost which was attracting brown snakes in search of mice.
"It's scary because we don't know where it is now," said Mrs Manz. The wildlife expert who attended, Graeme Lloyd of Wildlife Management Services, said he advised people worried about a snake to try to keep an eye on it without endangering themselves if they wanted it removed.
His standard advice was "leave it alone and give it time to move off" adding that attempts to kill snakes often resulted in a person being bitten.