Region’s snake sightings

A black snake was spotted trying to get into Club Mudgee this week.

Kristy Hocking was driving past the Club on Monday when her son Blake started screaming “Snake, Snake.”

They drove back to the corner of Perry Street and Mortimer Street to investigate and discovered the reptile in a very distressed state.

“It was a massive snake, going crazy to try and get into the little metal door on the side of the Club,” Mrs Hocking said.

“We called the Club straight away to warn them and posted on the Mudgee Community Group facebook page, to let everyone know.”

By the time the Club Mudgee maintenance man got to the door, the snake was dead.

It’s an important warning for all residents in the Mid-Western region with snake sightings increasing in the hot weather.

Snake catcher John Marshall says it’s not uncommon to have snakes inside.

“We’ve had a few calls this year – there was one in the Chiropractic Centre in Mudgee. It entered the office and the National Parks was called in to handle it,” he said.

Not all calls to Wild Life Carers Central West turn out to be dangerous with a Rylstone resident mistaking a legless lizard for a snake.

Mr Marshall, who services the Central Western region, has been inundated with calls from around the region since Spring.

“There is no way to stop a snake slithering across your property, but there are several things you can do to minimise the chance of them sticking around.

“Snakes are looking for a place with a good food source and shelter. If these things are found, they are more likely to stay.”

The majority of snake sights in the region have been Red Belly Black and the Eastern Brown snakes.

He suggests people fill in holes around their gardens and keep their yards free of debris that provides a good shelter for snakes.

The biggest food source for snakes is rodents, which can be an issue for people with aviaries and chicken coops as the food attracts rodents, which then attract snakes.

“The best solution is maintaining a clear yard,” he said.

“All the repellents you see and all those urban myths you hear, there is no scientific evidence [to support them working].”

Anyone who spots a snake is encouraged to leave it alone, but if they are concerned about the safety of children and pets, they should call Wild to remove it.

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