Brisbane Snake Catchers / Facebook
First, Australia had to deal with flooding and storms. Now, residents are being warned about an influx of snakes.
Residents near the south-east Queensland and New South Wales coast were recently warned to take extra caution. Following floodwaters, snakes often seek drier land, which could push deadly reptiles into heavily populated areas.
See photos of the storm and flood below.
On Facebook, Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher reminded locals that the reptiles’ habitat was submerged in water during the storms. Naturally, the snake catching business is expected to be busier than usual, with the enhanced risk of snakes slithering into family yards, houses, and other public areas.
“As most of the east coast goes under keep in mind all those thousands of little snakes under all those thousands of rocks and logs are now under water…the sneaky family will be on higher grounds until this subsides…Think about what higher ground is,” Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher wrote in their Facebook post. “And be aware..Next couple of days will be busy for us.”
According to the Huffington Post, out of the 25 deadliest snakes in the world, 21 of the breeds live in Australia. Even if a snake is only mildly venomous, the reptile could still pose a danger to small children and pets.
For more on Australia’s snakes, check out the video below.