Brace yourself for the snake plague: why murderous snakes invade Australian homes sooner than ever – and what you need to do to protect yourself
- Snakes attack Australian homes within three months before the summer begins
- Residents from three different houses proclaimed reptile rescue on Saturday
- Snake experts said the greenhouse effect causes snakes to come out earlier in the year
Assassin snakes attack Australian homes within three months before the summer even begins, and there is a reason why.
Residents from three Tasmanian houses, on the outskirts of Acton and Tranmere, called in Reptile Rescue Incorporated on Saturday to remove the unwanted snakes.
Chairman Chris Daly said that this is the earliest in the year that he was ever called to get rid of snakes in the homes of the locals.
& # 39; Every year they come earlier and earlier because of global warming & he said The Mercury.
Daly said he receives more and more requests to remove snakes every year and last year accepted 8,500 calls.
Assassin snakes attack Australian houses within three months before the summer even starts due to global warming (stock image)
He said Saturday's snake removal from people's backyards was due to the sunshine.
Snakes usually only come out of their winter corporation much later in the season.
& # 39; If we went back ten years ago, snakes would be sloppy for six months and out for six months. Not anymore. & # 39;
Dr. Scott Burnett, lecturer in animal ecology at the University of the Sunshine Coast, told it ABC that hoses stay around much longer when the temperature rises.
He said warm and humid night weather and encouraged the snakes to go hunting.
& # 39; It simply means that those warm nights, which are the real trigger, extend further and further into the year. & # 39;
& # 39; We will see a much longer summer and we know that summer is the time when most snakes and reptiles are active. & # 39;
& # 39; It simply means that there are more days of the year that are snake-friendly. & # 39;
Residents from three Tasmanian houses, on the outskirts of Acton and Tranmere, called in Reptile Rescue Incorporated on Saturday to remove unwanted pests
Kingborough Council rejected a proposal from Reptile Rescue to start a non-profit organization to make it cheaper for the local population to get rid of household hoses.
& # 39; It is assumed that snake removal is a service that can best be implemented on the basis of user pays rather than a service to which all ratepayers must contribute, & quot; the staff recommendation.
Mr Daly's reptile rescue charges residents $ 50 to remove snakes – but the cost is to cover the cost of travel, insurance, and equipment.
& # 39; But there are many people who don't have that call-out rate, & # 39; he said.
How to keep safe during the snake season
– Remove debris or wood piles, mow long grass and shrubs, remove leaf debris and block holes around the outside of your house that may seem like a safe place to hide
– Keep vermin under control. Rodents are a good food source for snakes – less food means fewer snakes.
– Keep aviaries and chooking boxes safe, clean and free from rodents. Make sure you have a fine mesh or shade cloth around the outside of an aviary, so that our snake friends don't get stuck in the thread.
– If possible, keep cats indoors and snake avoidance training for dogs can literally be a life saver.
– Call a professional. Never try to catch or kill a snake. This is illegal and snakes are incredibly important for the local ecosystem.
SOURCE: Australian Geographic
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