Snake caught doing laps in man's pool
A snake catcher is warning families to check before they swim after a red-bellied black snake was found doing laps in a Queensland man's pool.
Stuart McKenzie of Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers was called in when the man from Twin Waters, Maroochydore, noticed he had a poolside friend.
"He's a nice big chunky red-bellied, look at the size of him," Mr McKenzie says on video as the snake leaps from the pool edge into the water.
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Mr McKenzie's team spent a bit of time at the job, trying to get the timid snake out safely as it continued circling around the pool trying to make its escape.
"As the weather warms up, we regularly see snakes hanging around pool areas," Mr McKenzie told nine.com.au.
"This is usually due to there being plenty of spots to bask in the sun."
He said snakes often find hiding spots around pool retaining walls and erosion gaps in the area.
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Mr McKenzie said the common residential pool is also a great source of water for snakes and other Australian wildlife as the weather heats up.
"It's important that families be vigilant when swimming in their pool and understand that (snakes) often can't get back out once they are in," he said.
As much as they may look like they are struggling, Mr McKenzie said it is important to call in a professional to safely get the snake out the pool rather than trying to fish it out yourself.
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