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Snake on beach not unusual, says handler

YOU aren’t mistaken, that is a tiger snake at Coles Beach in Devonport.

Josh Berryman took the snap which shows the reptile at the waters edge.

He assumed the snake had hitched a ride with currents down the Mersey River, only to pop out at the beach.

“It pretty much just wanted to get off the beach,” the Devonport resident said.

“It looked pretty tired and it slowly made its way towards the Don Reserve.”

According to snake handler Michael Thow it is not a rare occurrence.

“We get about a dozen a year in the middle of Ulverstone,” Mr Thow said.

“It’s not unusual for a snake to be on the beach.”

In fact, Mr Thow said Devonport had a lot of snakes.

“You don’t have to live out in the bush these days to encounter snakes,” Mr Thow said.

“With most people building further and further out snakes are moving into populated areas.

“The more the rodents and things they find the more likely they are to stay there and eat the food.”

It might not be uncommon, but Mr Thow said he had never caught a snake in the area.

“It’s one of those things where there is plenty of bushland down there,” he said.

“We’ve got snakes right through from Don College to where the Bluff is, but I’ve never caught any on the bluff, I’ve caught them around it.”

Mr Thow said people needed to learn to work around living with the snakes.

“We would prefer you to understand what you’ve got and learn why it’s in your environment,” he said.

“If you move things like rubbish and vermin you are less likely to have snakes there.”

Mr Thow said snakes could swim and named several reasons as to why the reptile was basking so close to the waters edge.

He said the snake could have been washed up, had been swimming from one location to another, or had even been dropped by seagulls.

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