Why snakes roam Warwick CBD
A DEADLY snake cruising the main street of Warwick this week was bound to shock shoppers but a local reptile expert wasn't surprised.
The eastern brown snake at the heart of a dramatic CBD capture on Wednesday took a brave council worker to usher into a cardboard box and away from congregating onlookers.
Stanthorpe snake catcher Wayne Day said stormwater drains near the Warwick shopping centre were common hiding spots for reptiles seeking shelter from hot weather.
"It may seem unusual that a snake would turn up in Warwick's busy Palmerin St, but they come up CBD drain pipes or slide under utes and trucks coming in from out of town and are attracted to the shade from shop buildings, so it's less random when you consider those factors,” Mr Day said.
He urged people to keep their home, retail and office doors and screens shut on extremely hot or cold days to deter snakes.
"Snakes are a bit like people. If it's hot or cold, they will be uncomfortable and seek shelter, perhaps in a car engine, on a protected patio or in your house.
"This season they have been looking for cool spots, so seeing shadows and tiles through your door or shade in shops will entice them to come in.”
Southern Downs residents have reported what they believe is one of the worst snake seasons on record, with a number of rogue serpents making their way into commercial centres and homes.
But Mr Day said this summer had been a busy season for relocating snakes but not out of the ordinary.
"Every summer and autumn brings out snakes so people need to be prepared.
"If you see a snake in a built-up area, particularly a busy shopping strip, call police straight away as they may get there before the snake catcher can.”
Mr Day said taipans, red-bellied black and eastern brown snakes were among the most common snakes he had been called out to remove this summer.
The snake caught in Warwick was handed to police and relocated by a Toowoomba wildlife expert to bushland.
Between February 2016 and January 2017 about 600 Queenslanders were treated by paramedics for snake bites, according to state health data.
This was slightly more than 2014 and 2015.