Russell Island snake bite prompts winter warnings

REDLANDS snake catcher Tony Morrison has warned residents not to let their guard down over winter as snakes were still out and about.

It comes after a man in his 40swas taken to Redland Hospital after being bitten by a snake on Russell Island late on Tuesday night.

A Capalaba resident also had an encounter with a reptile visitor, photographing a carpet python that had tried to force entry into her chicken coop on the weekend.

The snake was trapped in the cage wire had to be cut free.

No chickens were harmed.

Mr Morrison said because of mild weather during winter in the south-east, snake activity did not differ as dramatically between summer and winter as it did in colder inland areas.

"We still get all our call-outs but basically it just slows down their activity for a couple of months because they're a little bit cold," he said.

"They are more lethargic and are moving a bit slower. They're less aggressive in the winter whereas in the summer they're full of heat and warmth."

Mr Morrison's call-outs dropped by about half in the winter, due in part to people leaving their doors closed.

DO NOT TOUCH: The eastern brown snake is highly venomous.

DO NOT TOUCH: The eastern brown snake is highly venomous.

"Even though the snakes are still there, people have their doors shut, whereas in summer they leave their doors open so snakes can get in the house," he said.

Popularspots for snakes around properties were corrugated iron rooftops where they could bask in the sun, and nooks and crannies around backyards.

Mr Morrison said snake call-outs were a mixed bag all year round.

"We have a standard few varieties that go from the brown snakes all the way through to people calling us because they have a hiss sound, which turns out to be a blue tongue lizard," he said.

People who encountered snakes in their homes or yards should photograph them from a safe distance and send the photos to a registered snake catcher like Mr Morrison.

"That way we can identify it first and act accordingly on what variety of snake it is," he said.

"Sometimes people have had a legless lizard and we're able to talk them through how to carefully get them outside.

"On the other hand it could be a brown snake, and we deal with it more urgently and take a lot more care."