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Beware snakes on the move as floodwaters recede

SNAKES have been found in all sorts of weird and wacky places on the Gold Coast after heavy rains flushed them out into the open across the weekend.

On Saturday a large python was spotted in Tweed Heads, curled on the top of a sailing boat's mast, while a typically ground-loving eastern brown was found resting in the rafters of a Yatala shed.

Brooke Smith of Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher handles a 3m python, believed to be the biggest Tony Harrison has found in 25 years.
Brooke Smith of Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher handles a 3m python, believed to be the biggest Tony Harrison has found in 25 years. Tony Harrison

Local snake catcher Tony Harrison said all of the snakes he had found the past four days had been exhausted after trying to get out of the flood waters.

"We've been flat out," Mr Harrison said, adding he caught about eight or nine snakes the day after the severe weather event.

"They're in lots of weird places, normally certain species don't climb but people have been cleaning up in the shed ... and found browns in the rafters."

Mr Harrison estimated he had caught and relocated at least 20 snakes since the wet weather began and had found snakes in cars, on people's verandas and in chicken pens.

One python caught in Clagiraba on Friday was believed to measure at least three metres long and one of the biggest he'd seen in 25 years, Mr Harrison said.

Brooke Smith of Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher.
Brooke Smith of Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher. Tony Harrison

But snakes were not the only wild animals attempting to find dry ground.

Mr Harrison said he had seen hares, mice and rats seeking refuge, and had found blue tongue lizards and even a one-metre long earthworm.

He warned that snakes would be coming out of hiding now the weather was better and advised people to look around them.

Yesterday a man in his 60s was bitten by a brown snake while on a boat moored in Eagleby. He was taken to Logan Hospital in stable condition.

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