SLITHERING AROUND: This carpet snake was found at the Dalby Train Station on Saturday.
SLITHERING AROUND: This carpet snake was found at the Dalby Train Station on Saturday. Sam Flanagan

Snakes on the move

SNAKES on a Plane, starring Samuel L Jackson, may have gotten hearts racing in 2006, but a friendly carpet snake has put its hat in the ring for the sequel, Snakes on a Train.

The reptile was found on Saturday afternoon hanging out on one of the seats at the Dalby Train Station, and was soon in the caring hands of Dalby snake catcher John Trcka.

"It is nice to get called somewhere like here and catch one, I've caught them at schools and I've caught them at businesses, but it's pretty cool to catch one here,” Mr Trcka said.

"It's usually rare to be called out in winter, but this year I've caught two browns and two carpet snakes on cold days.”

Mr Trcka has been the Dalby snake catcher for two-and-a-half-years, and said 95 per cent of the snakes he relocates are brown or red-bellied black snakes.

He said it was a pleasure catching a carpet snake for a change as they are usually quite calm.

As winter nears its end, Mr Trcka is predicting a summer which is "hot with lots of snakes”.

"Last summer I swear the snakes had my roster, I was getting three or four calls a day when I was working away in the mines but no calls here,” he said.

He has also given advice for those unsure what to do when they find a snake on their property.

"It's best to stay away from it so it doesn't know you're there, it will just keep doing its thing,” he said.

"Keep an eye on it as well, because people will say 'oh it was over there 20 minutes ago' and when I arrive at their house and go looking I can't find it.”

Mr Trcka charges $50 to catch and release the snakes.

For more information, phone him on 0407114751 or visit the Facebook page Dalby Snake Catcher.


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