Adelaide woman watches eastern brown snake take up residence in her stove





Updated

October 03, 2019 10:20:56

An Adelaide woman has had quite the fright watching a one-metre eastern brown snake slither through her home’s doggy door, into her kitchen and up into her stove.

Key points:

  • A one-metre eastern brown snake was pulled out from the inside of a stove
  • It had slithered into the house via a doggy door
  • Snake Catchers Adelaide said the snake season seems to have started six weeks early

Snake Catchers Adelaide was called out to the woman’s Semaphore home on Wednesday afternoon to extract the snake, which had wrapped itself around wires in the back of the stove.

“When we got there we had to dismantle the stove and it was right up near where the clock timer is on the old stoves,” snake catcher Rolly Burrell told ABC Radio Adelaide.

“It was wrapped all through all the wires and the thermostat, and we just had to gently get the snake out.”

Mr Burrell said the woman was shaken up by the experience.

“She was a bit of a mess, I think she’s going to get counselling today,” he joked.

Mr Burrell, who has been a snake catcher for more than 40 years, said he had noticed snakes were out about six weeks earlier this season.

With the weather warming up, he also warned small brown snakes were just as venomous as the larger ones, but urged people not to be frightened.

“We actually try and tell older people if they see something like that [small snake] in the lounge to suck it up with vacuum cleaner, as long as they’re not having a go at a 1.5m brown snake,” Mr Burrell said.

“Snakes are good, they get rid of a lot of feral cats, they get rid of a lot of rats and mice.

“An average snake could eat up to 15 mice a week through the summer months.”

Mr Burrell has seen snakes in some odd places over the years, including in a child’s lunchbox and in the rim of a toilet.

Two weeks ago, Snake Catchers Adelaide was called out to a Belvidere home, just south of Strathalbyn, where a Murray Darling carpet python was found poking its head out of an air-conditioner vent.

Mr Burrell said between 2002 and 2004 there was a program to re-introduce the carpet python to the region as it hadn’t been seen since the 1980s.

“The program must have worked because we’ve had a few of them over the years,” he said.

“He was just poking his head out, so we actually just moved him on down the road.

“I’d love to have one of them in me roof because I tell you what, you wouldn’t be using rat and mice bait and you don’t hear them so they just sit there and knock off all your varmints.”

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October 03, 2019 10:09:38



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