Snake catcher John Keady said snakes were very active. He is pictured holding a carpet snake he picked up from a Gympie property.
Snake catcher John Keady said snakes were very active. He is pictured holding a carpet snake he picked up from a Gympie property. Renee Pilcher

Snake catchers run off their feet

IT IS perfect weather for snakes, Gympie herpetologist John Keady, has warned.

On Saturday a man at Fraser Island was airlifted to Hervey Bay Hospital after being bitten by a snake about 10am.

The man, 48, from Belere was bitten while camping at Orchid Beach.

He was treated by a paramedic before the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter was able to transport him to hospital in a stable condition.

It is unknown what type of snake bit him. Flight Doctor Maik Plaeschke said it's important a snake bite victim is "kept calm and not allowed to walk around."

"Apply a pressure bandage and splint the limb and of course immediately call triple zero," he said.

Mr Keady who is also a licensed snake catcher said the reptiles were more active than ever.

"We're run off our legs something terrible," he said of Gympie region snake catchers.

"There's a lot of night calls. And browns, blacks and red belly blacks are around."

He said there were quite a few months until winter and snakes would remain very active until then.

With more rain and hot weather on the cards he predicted snakes would be looking for somewhere to hide before coming out and bask in the sun and find food.

Mr Keady said there were also a lot of sightings of keelback snakes.

He said that particular species liked to hang around water, eat baby cane toads and were not venomous, even though they could appear to be aggressive.

"The trick is knowing which ones they are."

Also green and brown tree snakes were "running rampant" with all the warm weather.

Gympie Times


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