Deadly snake found near children's playground

IF TOOWOOMBA Regional Council doesn't change the way it deals with snakes, someone could die.

That's what a Toowoomba snake catcher says after he caught a deadly eastern brown snake at Picnic Point.

David Wiedman from Toowoomba Snake Catchers 24/7 received a call from a woman on Saturday who said there was a snake in the toilets at Picnic Point.

He told her to ring council as it is their responsibility.

"I'm not going to risk my life for nothing so I referred her to council, hoping that they would contact a licenced snake catcher," Mr Wiedman said.

Minutes later the distressed woman rang back to say she had called council and was told it wasn't their problem.

Knowing that he couldn't live with a child being bitten Mr Wiedman and his offsider Ross McGibbon travelled to Picnic Point.

"I couldn't leave a snake near the kid's swing-set," he said.

"I couldn't wait for three hours, or wait for someone to get bitten."

Ross McGibbon from Toowoomba Snake Catchers 24/7 catches a deadly brown snake at Picnic Point.
Ross McGibbon from Toowoomba Snake Catchers 24/7 catches a deadly brown snake at Picnic Point. Contributed

When they arrived there was a crowd around including kids without shoes walking near the snake.

It was only a few metres from where the children were playing.

Mr McGibbon quickly grabbed it just as it was trying to slither down a drainpipe.

Mr Wiedman said council needed to change its policy regarding dangerous snakes on council property.

"They either need to employ a snake catcher full time or ring someone like me and I'll be there straight away.

"Let's get rid of the red tape. It's a dangerous situation and snakes are lethal. 

"If there was a shotgun in the toilet, that would be a problem, and there's not much difference except if you have a gun there it won't shoot you but a snake will bite you."

Brown snakes are common at Picnic Point because of its proximity to the Toowoomba escarpment.

Topics:  council picnic point toowoomba toowoomba snake catchers 24/7

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