Darryl Robinson from Kingaroy Snake Catchers moves a brown snake found in the time capsule enclosure at St Joseph's School in Murgon.
Darryl Robinson from Kingaroy Snake Catchers moves a brown snake found in the time capsule enclosure at St Joseph's School in Murgon. Contributed

School finds deadly surprise in time capsule

A STUDENT made a slithery discovery in the time capsule enclosure at his school last Thursday.

Snake catcher Darryl Robinson was called into St Joseph's School in Murgon after a student made the shock discovery of an eastern brown snake and alerted the teachers.

The deadly snake had made a home in the enclosure where the school's time capsule is kept.

Deputy principal Jess Marshall said the student made the surprise announcement just before lunch time on Thursday, September 13.

"All the students were kept inside," she said.

"They were all looking up against the windows, they were super excited."

Mr Robinson said it was a busy day for relocating eastern brown snakes.

"I was actually called out to relocate two eastern brown snakes that day," he said.

The brave snake catcher said he enjoyed having such a large, excited audience and loved the acknowledgement he received when he got the snake out of the time capsule and into the bag.

"I grabbed the Brown and had about 50 kids giving me a cheer and a round of applause," he said.

Mr Robinson, who has been a snake catcher for two years, was bracing for a busy few months as the temperatures started to heat up.

"Snakes like to come out and eat or mate when the temperatures rise over 27 degrees," he said.

The South Burnett snake catcher, who only started relocating snakes as his way of overcoming his fear, had the following advice for anyone that saw a snake.

"Stay dead still, call a snake catcher and keep an eye on where the snake goes," Mr Robinson said.

"Don't try to kill the snake, it will probably only end up lashing out."

South Burnett

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