Australians have been warned they could find snakes in their homes and even their beds as temperatures soar through the summer.
While snakes thrive on heat, Australia’s soaring temperatures over the summer can eventually become overwhelming for the carnivorous reptiles and they seek shelter inside houses.
‘On the Sunshine Coast, snakes will try to find shelter if it gets too hot and if they’re entering a house then they’re looking for shelter or food,’ said Mr Mckenzie.
Australians are warned they could find snakes lurking in the beds as summer temperatures soar
Heatwaves could eventually become too overwhelming for snakes, leading them to seek refuge indoors
The Queensland snake catcher has warned Australians there will be a large influx of smaller snakes now that breeding season is coming to an end.
Mr Mckenzie has urged home owners to be wary and closely watch their porches, garages and windows as they are common hotspots for the reptiles to lurk.
‘A lot of snakes are found in backyards, the back porch and deck,’ he said.
Mr Mckenzie has urged home owners to be wary and closely watch their porches, garages and windows
Home owners need to watch their garages as snake experts claim they are one of the common hotspots
‘But home owners need to watch their garages because they are nice sheltered areas with rats and mice running around.
‘If they’re entering a house, they are usually looking for shelter or food – usually rats and geckos.’
The snake catcher has advised everyone to double check their screens and to ensure all areas are neat and tidy.
‘It’s all about having screen doors across every door, not leaving windows open and making sure you get the fly screens.
‘With garages, it’s all about keeping them neat and tidy as they are a very common space for snakes to dwell because of the likelihood of finding rats and mice.’
Mr Mckenzie said one the biggest misconceptions about snakes was that they were aggressive reptiles
The Queensland Ambulance Service tweeted: ‘With the rise in temps, we see more snake activity. If you see a snake leave it alone and walk away. They will usually only bite if provoked.’
‘Snakes aren’t aggressive, they are defensive,’ Mr Mckenzie said.
‘The only reason a snake will get angry at you is if they feel threatened.
‘As soon as I pick them up during a catch, they always get angry.’
A spokesman told Daily Mail Australia said there were 82 snake bites within Queensland alone, according to the most recent monthly figures in October 2018.