Baby snakes are on the move in the Tweed

SNAKES are on the move around the region, but fear not, they are undoubtedly more scared of you than you are of them.

Tweed Heads Wildlife Relocation and Management Services snake handler Graeme Lloyd said that thanks to an abundance of hatchlings and the warmer weather, snakes were stealthily slithering in a backyard near you.

"This is when the juveniles are hatching and being born," he said.

"They can spread out and enter homes accidentally. We probably do get more calls at this time of year."

However, Mr Lloyd was adamant that snakes were an inoffensive creature and would only bite people when they felt their own life was in danger.

"They do get a bit of bad publicity because they are potentially deadly. But given the opportunity snakes will generally move away from you, they're inoffensive animals" he said.

He explained that snakes would often warn people of their presence by rearing up and creating as much noise as they could muster.

Shannon Herriden with a snake at Currumbin Sanctuary
Shannon Herriden with a snake at Currumbin Sanctuary Blainey Woodham

"They often have to dodge large herbivores and larger creatures so it is in their interest to make themselves obvious."

Mr Lloyd encouraged people to take precautions to avoid being bitten, even if they thought the snake was not venomous.

"If it's in the backyard leave it alone, move kids and pets away," he said.

"If it's in your house get a hold of a licensed snake remover."

"Most of the time they're harmless green snakes and whip snakes, but treat it as dangerous until a licensed snake remover moves it."

Mr Lloyd said he loved his job because of his fascination with snakes and other native wildlife.



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