Snakes as therapy
By JULIA ILES
WITH the increasingly high costs of pet food and vet visits, Paul Jones reckons a snake is a far better financial investment than your average pup.
"Snakes are the best pets in the world, they're beautiful, cuddly, don't make any noise and you only have to feed them once a month," Mr Jones, a snake handler and enthusiast, said yesterday.
The now retired ambulance officer has always had a fondness for creatures of the ophidian variety.
Most days he's involved in identifying, capturing and relocating snakes for WIRES, the local wildlife rescue association.
Last Tuesday at a riverfront home in Ulmarra he captured a 5kg carpet snake, one of the largest he has seen.