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Snakes searching for food and water

By Rodney Woods

They are the most common and the second most deadliest snake so it was not a surprise to snake catcher Tania Corby when she was called out to Rumbalara’s Mooroopna site to catch an Eastern Brown on March 19.

When she arrived, Miss Corby said the snake was worked up because it had been in the sun for nearly half an hour.

‘‘They’d been watching it for 25 minutes maybe,’’ she said.

‘‘He was pretty warm as he had been in the sun for all that time and he didn’t feel like he could go anywhere because they had circled him.’’

Miss Corby said with the dry conditions, snakes were moving into towns on the search for food and water but she made it clear for people not to panic if they see one.

‘‘The first thing to do is stop and take a big deep breath and try and stay as calm as possible,’’ she said.

‘‘Let the snake find a path away from you and move away from the snake.

‘‘If possible, from a safe distance, keep an eye on it so it’s much easier for us to catch it.

‘‘It’s all about staying calm. They don’t want to bite you.’’