We’ve had numerous call-outs over the last couple of weeks from residents in the Brisbane area regarding Snakes turning up in their bedrooms and living areas.
Although Carpet Pythons usually slither in themselves if a door or window is left open, the smaller snakes such as Green Tree Snakes, Marsh Snakes, White Crowned Snakes are often brought into the house by family cats as “Presents” for their owners!
Yesterday we had a Green Tree Snake call-out which had been brought in by the family cat in Petrie and was spotted sitting on their curtain railing (see picture) in the living room.
Fortunately it’s a harmless specie, but they did the right thing calling us, as last we went to a call-out in their living room, they had an Eastern Brown.
The residents in Griffin weren’t so lucky last night when they spotted their cat playing and being struck 3 times on the nose by a small black Snake in their bedroom.
When we arrived, it was still hiding under the bed and was instantly identified as a dangerously venomous Small Eye Snake- not a fairly harmless Marsh Snake as they initially believed!
Their cat was extremely lucky as the Snake had not injected any venom when it struck and all ended well having relocated the little fella back into bush land.
One resident told us her solution to their cat bringing snakes into the house was to put the cat flap up higher with a step for it to jump on, so that
the cat drops the snake in order to climb up.
If you do find your cat has brought a snake into the house, if possible remove the cat straight away.
– If the snake is in a room, close door and place rolled up towels under any door gaps, if not – keep an eye on the snake’s whereabouts.
– Call us on 1300 228 244 and monitor your pet closely for any of these symptoms:
- Sudden weakness followed by collapse.
- Shaking or twitching of the muscles.
- Dilated pupils not responsive to light.
- Blood in the urine.
- In the later stages paralysis may occur.
Remember – the sooner you can get your pet to a vet, the better its survival chances are.
Keep it calm and try to immobilise it until you get there.
Do NOT try and kill or catch any Snake, it’s illegal, cruel and unnecessary!