Maitland snake catcher Justin 'Bill' Lantry of Bill's Snake Relocate has captured video footage of two eastern brown snakes mating in Rutherford, a sight that whilst rare is not completely unexpected this time of year.
Mr Lantry explained that "mating generally occurs in secluded spots close to cover and whilst this looks like it's out in the open, it was close to a shelter source and was not overly visible in the gutter".
Spring is the most active time of year for eastern brown snakes in our area, as they are entering breeding season and emerging from their winter shelters.
A bite from a brown snake can be fatal, but according to Mr Lantry "if left alone the danger they present is low".
If you find an eastern brown snake in your home or property, it's best to keep your distance and leave it to the professionals.
"Move people and pets away, watch from a safe distance and either give it the opportunity to move on or call a catcher to come move it safely."
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Spring is the most active time of year for a number of snake species including red belly black snakes, marsh snakes, tree snakes and diamond pythons.
"To most it can be difficult to tell some species apart, without learning their physical traits. It's best to try and get a clear photo, and get it identified that way," said Mr Lantry.
Eastern brown snakes, despite being venomous, perform an important role in our community as they are both predator and prey.
"They are a major function in vermin and other prey control, and being a middle order predator, also feature in the diets of other predators."
As we enter snake season it's important to remember to keep your distance and call a professional if the snake needs to be relocated.
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