Mum ready to move house after finding ‘night tiger’
IT'S understandable that a local mum near Repentance Creek was very worried after finding a snake in her house.
It was at night.
And her young daughter was at home.
The nocturnal snake's common name is night tiger - and that's enough to put fear in anyone.
But after a frantic call in the middle of the night this week to snake catcher Jack Hogan, who has the business Snake Catcher Northern Rivers 24/7, everyone was safe and the mum and her daughter ended up having an educational experience over a cup of tea.
The mum had told Mr Hogan the snake kept popping its head out from a gap in the stairs in the family's two-bedroom home.
"She (the mum) was quite anxious," he said.
"She was about ready to move into her landlord's place down the road."
It took Mr Hogan about 25 minutes to get to the home from his Bangalow base.
"She (the mum) had told me the snake popped its head out when she turned the light off," he said.
"So I turned the light off and it was only about 10 minutes and the snake appeared.
"(The mum) was very relieved when I got him (the snake) out of there and put him in the bag."
Mr Hogan identified the 1.2m snake as the Night Tiger or brown tree snake, which he said was common on the Northern Rivers.
The name, however, makes the snake sound much more dangerous than it is.
He said the snake was only mildly venomous, but could still be dangerous to young children, the elderly or adults who have anaphylactic reactions.
"I've been bitten by them several times and had no reaction," he said.
After catching the snake, Mr Hogan used the opportunity to teach the very curious young girl about this snake.
He said the brown tree snake was the only Australian snake that relied on vision for hunting.
He had some simple advice if you come across a snake.
"The best case scenario for the snake, if it's not causing any danger, is to let it be and keep going," he said.
"Give a snake the space it deserves."
Mr Hogan has a Facebook page - Snake Catcher Northern Rivers 24/7 - if you need to get in touch with him.