Venomous snake INVASION hits Australia as fat serpents are lured into homes by devastating mouse plague

A VENOMOUS snake invasion has hit Australia.

Fat serpents are being lured into homes across the country thanks to this year’s devastating mouse plague.

Snake catchers have seen a huge rise in serpent sightings

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Snake catchers have seen a huge rise in serpent sightingsCredit: AUSTRALIAN SNAKE CATCHER
A huge brown snake removed from a house in the Sydney suburbs this month

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A huge brown snake removed from a house in the Sydney suburbs this monthCredit: AUSTRALIAN SNAKE CATCHER

The “extra large” beasts are hiding in gardens, bins and garages across New South Wales.

They have also been found slithering among piles of firewood, concrete blocks and rubble.

It’s only the beginning of the dreaded ‘snake season’ – which started last month – and catchers have already removed scores of serpents.

Sean Cade, owner of Australian Snake Catchers, removed an “extra-large” 6ft eastern brown snake from a western Sydney home at the beginning of October.

And since then the expert has caught more than a dozen 5ft eastern brown snakes – and upwards of 25 red-bellies.

He told 9news: “We’re definitely seeing bigger ones coming out.

“They’re bigger than average and a lot healthier.”

He explained snake season normally starts in mid-September and runs until March – coinciding with Australia’s summer.

But this year’s stint has been accelerated by the horrifying mouse plague, which tormented much of eastern and southern parts earlier this year, according to experts.

Tens of millions of rampaging mice sparked horrific outbreaks stretching 1,000km from Brisbane down to Melbourne.

Farmers were forced to torch their cars and crops, while other Aussies were told to tie string around their trousers to stop scurrying rodents running up their legs.

One woman even woke up to a mouse chewing on her eyeball as the rodent infestation destroyed everything in its wake.

Things got so bad there were even calls to declare it a natural disaster.

‘EXTRA LARGE’ SERPENTS

Mouse expert Steve Henry, from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, said: “The mice are providing great food for snakes.

“[But] while there are plenty of mice, there are also plenty of frogs due to the wet weather.

“We will see lots of healthy snakes but not necessarily more of them.

“We’re not going to see a plague of snakes.”

Whether there will be a second wave of the mouse plague remains uncertain, Mr Henry added.

A red-bellied black snake caught from a New South Wales home

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A red-bellied black snake caught from a New South Wales home
Experts blame the rise in fat, venomous snakes on the mouse plague

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Experts blame the rise in fat, venomous snakes on the mouse plagueCredit: discovery channel
Serpents are being found in gardens, garages and bins

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Serpents are being found in gardens, garages and binsCredit: discovery channel
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