Gold Coasters warned to remain alert as snakes relocate following fire

Gold Coasters are being warned to remain alert as snakes left homeless after a large fire at the Spit look to relocate.

A massive fire destroyed scrub at the Southport Spit on Saturday, with local snake catcher Tony Harrison warning that snakes, in particular eastern brown snakes who survived the blaze, likely to head south to nearby Main Beach in search for food and shelter.

The grass fire destroyed much of the snake habitat over the weekend and forced the evacuation of the popular beach and nearby Sea World theme park.


Mr Harrison told the ABC that residents should be aware that there is going to plenty of snakes around.

“Two things in life snakes want, they want food and refuge.. just be aware that there is going to plenty be around,” he said.

On Wednesday two people were bitten by the reptiles.

A 40-year-old woman was rushed to hospital after a bite to the leg in Mount Tambourine on the Gold Coast, while a 16-year-old boy was bitten on the toe at the Sunshine Coast.

Image: Zachary Burton/Supplied

Image: Zachary Burton/Supplied