Snakes gone wild: 43 deadly browns caught in 2 weeks
A TOOWOOMBA snake catcher says this year's snake season is the worst, having relocated more than 40 Eastern Browns already.
Snake catcher David Wiedman said he caught 43 Eastern Browns in just over two weeks. This time last year he had captured about 10-15 Eastern Browns.
"It is absolutely crazy," he said.
"We have heat and good rains in the winter and at the start of spring and there is plenty of food around for them."
Mr Wiedman is getting between five to 10 calls a day for snakes which he captures before releasing in bushland as far away from built up areas as possible.
He said new developments, in particular the construction of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, had forced snakes closer to town.
Mr Wiedman said people should clean their yards so snakes had fewer places to hide.
If you see a snake, keep an eye on it and call a snake catcher.
Three people on the Darling Downs were bitten by snakes within 11 hours on Tuesday.
Withcott woman Barbara Drummond was up early on Tuesday doing jobs on her rural property when a snake bit her just after 7am.
"I was taking my two-year-old son out to feed our ducks and I bent down to show him where to put the food and I felt something on my hand and thought it was one of the ducks," she said.
"But I looked down and there was a snake attached to my hand.
"I was a bit unsure how to get it off I guess so I think I shook it to get it off and then I just ran back to the house to get the phone to ring an ambulance."
When Ms Drummond, 35, was able to call 000 they told her to bandage her arm and stay calm until the ambulance arrived.
While she suspected the snake was a carpet snake, she was transported to Toowoomba Hospital for testing.
"It kind of brought it to home as it could have been him (son Jethro)," Ms Drummond said.
"If he was standing on the other side of me it could have been him. So I guess we are a little bit complacent about snakes because if you don't see them you think they are not there."
A man in his 20s was transported in a stable condition to Toowoomba Hospital after being bitten on the arm about 5.10pm at Cambooya on Tuesday. A male child was transported to Toowoomba Hospital after a snake bit him on the foot at Hodgson Vale about 5.19pm.