Park resident fears snakes nearby

HE may not have seen them on his travels recently, but Bruce Waddell knows snakes are around.

Finding a shed snakeskin on his kitchen sink last week was evidence enough for the Yeppoon man.

After living in Beachside Caravan Park for 26 years, Bruce said he was used to seeing them, sometimes daily.

Bruce said they were sometimes in his caravan or annexe.

“You push them with a broom and they go back out,” Bruce said.

But with mating season in full swing at present, Bruce fears they could be breeding in the scrub beside his van.

“It is all lantana and it is a breeding ground for rats and snakes,” Bruce said.

He said he hoped the council would clean up the site, particularly after it was reported that two large brown snakes had been seen in front of reception at the Caravan Park.

The council had also been told of numerous snake sightings in the long grass of the park’s camping area in September.

A council spokesman said an area of council land at the northern end of the caravan park was covered in lantana, a declared weed.

However, spraying at present would not be effective because of the dry weather and lack of new growth, he said.

“Council weed control officers will treat the site as soon as it rains and the lantana starts growing,” he said.

The spokesman stressed that heavily overgrown dunes were not a council responsibility and were strictly controlled by the EPA so they stayed stable and well vegetated.

– Sharyn O’Neill

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