Snake causes stir at shops

This red-bellied black snake visited the Jimboomba Convenience Centre on Wednesday afternoon.A RED-BELLIEDblack snake caused a stir at the Jimboomba Convenience Centre on Wednesday when it decided to visit the local travel agency.

The five-foot long reptile arrived outside agency about 2.30pm to the great surprise of staff inside.

The snake’s travel plans were foiled though when Tanzen from South Side Snake Services was called to the scene.

She located the animal under a plant pot, where she said he had likely slithered in fright.

“I think he’d turned up and seen people and got frightened,” she said.

“I was able to pick him up and take him away to release him.”

Tanzen said rather than trying to book a flight, the reptile had most likely travelled to the shopping centre looking for food.

Tanzen from South Side Snake Services with the snake.

“There’s plenty of food around the area, including lizards and other snakes and rodents,” she said.

“Shopping centres have bins, bins attract rodents and rodents in turn attract snakes.”

She said the staff in the travel agency had done the right thing by the snake.

“Snakes are protected by federal law, it is illegal to interfere with them in any way,” she said.

“The best thing people can do is watch it from a safe distance and call a professional.

“Their actions are a credit to them, not everyone acts as sensibly.”

To report a snake sighting phone South Side Snake Services on 0408 886 225.

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