Watch out, snakes are on the move

AS THE weather warms up and Fraser Coast residents spend more time outdoors, the risk of being bitten by a snake increases.

Snakes are more active in summer, slithering through homes and yards looking for water and the cool.

Fraser Coast snake catcher Roy McGrath has spent 60 years pulling reptiles from people's homes.

He told the Chronicle he was catching about two each day at this time of the year, about the same as previous years.

But despite most people's fear of snakes, Mr McGrath offered some simple advice for keeping them away.

"Keep your yard tidy and your grass short," he said.

"Just treat snakes with respect - leave them alone and they'll leave you alone."

Snake catcher Roy McGrath with a 1.3 m eastern brown snake - has caught 3 in 24 hours. Normally only one a week. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Snake catcher Roy McGrath with a 1.3 m eastern brown snake - has caught 3 in 24 hours. Normally only one a week. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman