The snake wriggles in an attempt to get free.
The snake wriggles in an attempt to get free.

THE timely intervention of a snake catcher has prevented a red-bellied black snake from "breaking into" a Toowoomba house.

A Cabarlah family returned home to find a snake trying to get into their house through a screen door.

When the snake saw the family approach it bolted, straight into a hockey bag.

Snake wrangler David Wiedman said the family was shocked by the incident.

"Although they live right next to bush land, they've never seen many out their way."

He said the snake likely was looking for a drink from the family's water fountain.

"It was up there looking for a dink to get out of the heat.

"No one was around so it thought it was safe.

"When the family turned up it made a run for it."

Mr Wiedman said brown snakes and carpet pythons were the most commonly-caught snakes but said red bellied black snakes were also common.

The snake was safely released into the wild about 5km from the house into thick bush land.

"It probably won't bother anyone again," Mr Wiedman said.

Snakes are quite active at this time of year and the snake catcher wrangled nearly a dozen over the weekend.

He said snakes often made a dash for cover before rainy periods and also were quite active following downpours.


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