Ipswich and Brisbane snake catcher Bryan Robinson says it's wet weather, not summer heat which brings snakes out.
Ipswich and Brisbane snake catcher Bryan Robinson says it's wet weather, not summer heat which brings snakes out.

BUSTED: 5 ridiculous snake myths you probably believe

IPSWICH and Brisbane snake catcher Bryan Robinson has shared the five craziest myths he's heard while on the job.

The professional snake catcher has been wrangling reptiles for the last 25 years.

At most jobs clients will often share their beliefs about snakes - how to deter them, what they eat and where they like to live.

Bryan Robinson with a red-bellied black snake. Photo: Contributed
Bryan Robinson with a red-bellied black snake. Photo: Contributed Contributed

Bryan has spent the last quarter of a century hearing those myths and busting them, educating people about the real facts when it comes to snakes.

Here are the five most weird and wonderful myths the snake catcher has come across:

1. Snakes can cross breed

Some people believe snakes can cross breed to create a new, never before seen venomous breed, which may look harmless. "Cross breeding is a total myth," Bryan says.

2. They drink milk

Now this is a weird one. Bryan says a common myth is that snakes can crawl up under a cow while farmers have their back turned and latched onto the udder for a drink or two. "Snakes drinking from the udders of cows isn't true," he says.       

3. Snakes are easy to deter

"I've heard horse hair rope can deter snakes, that's as much of an of wives' tale as the snake deterring devices you buy for $25 in the shops. They both do nothing," Bryan says. 

4. They can't die during the day

Again, Bryan busted this myth wide open. "People tell me that snakes won't die until after sunset, again that's a myth," he says. The fact a snake's nervous system can remain active for hours after they die might contribute to this myth.

5. Snakes like it hot

Although it's a common belief that snakes are more active in summer, Bryan says October is when they're most active. "They like the weather more mild and moist, that's what we look out for."


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