Freedomroo – Snake catcher’s grim warning after seeing a surge in ‘extra-large’ serpents in Sydney

Sean Cade (pictured), who runs Australian Snake Catchers , was recently called to remove a six-foot Eastern Brown Snake from a West Hoxton property in western Sydney

Snake catcher’s grim warning after finding ‘extra-large serpent with a body as thick as a beer bottle’

  • Sean Cade, who runs Australian Snake Catchers, recently caught six-foot snake
  • During Labour Day long weekend, he received 25 calls about snakes spotted
  • A dozen of them were Eastern Brown Snakes, and they were all five-foot plus 
  • He noted that Red Belly Snakes he has found have been a ‘pretty decent size’
  • Experts believe one reason for number of healthy snakes is due to mouse plague 










A snake catcher has shared a grim warning to Sydneysiders about a surge in giant snakes after he found an ‘extra-large serpent with a body as thick as a beer bottle’.

Sean Cade, who runs Australian Snake Catchers, was recently called to remove a six-foot Eastern Brown Snake from a West Hoxton property in western Sydney.

He revealed he had been alerted to many more Eastern Brown Snakes around the city as well as Red Belly Snakes.

During the Labour Day long weekend at the beginning of October, Mr Cade received 25 calls from concerned individuals about snakes on their property.

‘A dozen of them were Eastern Browns, and they were all five-foot plus,’ Mr Cade told Daily Mail Australia.

The Snake catcher also noted the Red Belly Snakes he has found lately have also been a ‘pretty decent size’.

Sean Cade (pictured), who runs Australian Snake Catchers , was recently called to remove a six-foot Eastern Brown Snake from a West Hoxton property in western Sydney

While the snake catcher explained that there are not necessarily more snakes being encountered, the snakes have been bigger than their average size lately. 

‘Your average black snake that people are going to see is like a metre long, like a ten-cent coin. An Eastern Brown snake is probably the same thickness but they 1.2 metres.

‘But I’m finding five footers on a regular basis from an Eastern Brown snake – like a 20 cent coin – so they’re quite thick,’ Mr Cade said.

Mr Cade added that the red belly snakes were like a ‘mandarin size’ in diameter.

‘For some reason, this year, more so than the last few years, the snakes seem to be a lot bigger and a lot healthier,’ Mr Cade said.

CSIRO mouse expert Steve Henry said that the mouse plague, which was seen throughout central and western NSW during the beginning of the year, has contributed to the issue. 

Mr Cade revealed that he had been alerted to many more Eastern Brown Snakes around the city as well as Red Belly Snakes

Mr Cade revealed that he had been alerted to many more Eastern Brown Snakes around the city as well as Red Belly Snakes

During the Labour Day long weekend at the beginning of October, Mr Cade received 25 calls from concerned individuals about snakes on their property

During the Labour Day long weekend at the beginning of October, Mr Cade received 25 calls from concerned individuals about snakes on their property

Mr Henry told 9news.com.au: ‘The mice are providing great food for snakes.’

‘We will see lots of healthy snakes but not necessarily more of them.’

However, Mr Henry said there is still uncertainty about whether another mouse plague will hit the state.

‘We’re seeing patchy reports of high mice numbers, but farmers are also being very proactive with baiting, which is helping to reduce numbers in some area.’ 

The Snake catcher also noted that the Red Belly Snakes he has found lately have also been a ‘pretty decent size and were like a ‘mandarin size’ in diameter

The Snake catcher also noted that the Red Belly Snakes he has found lately have also been a ‘pretty decent size and were like a ‘mandarin size’ in diameter

The MouseAlert website by CSIRO allows farmers and everyday residents to report mouse sightings and highlights the large numbers across NSW and other states

The MouseAlert website by CSIRO allows farmers and everyday residents to report mouse sightings and highlights the large numbers across NSW and other states

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