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Catch of the day

Friday, 17th January, 2014

Verity Kemp received a shock on Wednesday morning when her cat, Sassy, brought a live snake inside. Verity Kemp received a shock on Wednesday morning when her cat, Sassy, brought a live snake inside.

By Emily Roberts

Verity Kemp received a shock on Wednesday morning when her cat brought a live snake inside.

Both Verity and three-year-old Sassy are recovering from the shock of the snake.

“We always let the cats out for a couple of hours a day and the rest they spend inside,” Verity said.

“Sassy brought in a couple of the dead snakes on Tuesday night,” Verity said.

“I got up (Wednesday) and there were two dead snakes in the spare room.

“I asked my husband what it was and then Sassy came back with a live one.”

Verity said when she saw the snake, she grabbed Sassy and quickly got out of the room.

“My husband put the snakes in the jar,” she said.

Verity was told that the small 20cm snake, which was brown with black bands, could be a Ringed Brown snake.

“Apparently they grow up to 40 inches (one metre) and are poisonous,” she said.

Verity said despite their size, they could still injure a child or small pet.

“I think Sassy was bitten, she was very off and disorientated - she is much better today (Thursday) after being given the anti-venom,” she said.

BH Veterinary Clinic’s Dr Guillaume Tabuteau said snakes would be coming out now, because they had been breeding.

“I’ve been told there is a lot around,” he said.

Local snake catcher Wayne Singleton said the ring brown snakes carry the same venom as a brown snake.

“These snakes have smaller fangs,” he said.

“They are gutsy snakes, they are bold little snakes.

“I usually see heaps every year. They live under sleepers, foundations and rocks - they eat small geckos and skinks.”

Wayne said they were very common. He also said he has seen a number of Brown and Western Brown Snakes.

“A lot of people are doing the right thing; they are ringing me to come and get the snakes,” he said.

“It is so hot at the moment that most of the snakes have gone to ground. They are moving around at night or in the early hours of the morning.

“The weather is great that way. When the temperature starts to go down, we will start seeing them again.”

Wayne advised people that if they came across snakes to contact him on 0423 920 370.

“The young ones are a bit easier, you can put a bucket on them and I’ll come and get them,” he said.

“But leave the bigger ones alone.”

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