Paul's your go-to man for snakes
PAUL Jones has been caring for reptiles for most of his life.
As the Clarence Valley WIRES reptile team co-ordinator, Mr Jones is responsible for mentoring members of the reptile team as well as rescuing, relocating and caring for thousands of animals over the past 17 years.
"He's the go-to man when snakes are found in unwanted places, like when a snake slithered into KFC Grafton or when a snake was spotted in a tree in the Coles car park," said Clarence Valley WIRES spokesperson Erica Fletcher.
The majority of rescue calls Mr Jones receives are for snakes, frogs, lizards, dragons and skinks inside houses or cars or injured by gardening equipment.
He then either relocates the reptile or nurses it back to full health.
However one of Mr Jones' favourite jobs is giving talks at schools in the Clarence Valley.
"The kids are absolutely fabulous; they ask so many great questions," he said.
Recalling his own childhood, Mr Jones remembers how his mum reacted to his interest in keeping snakes in his bedroom.
"Mum wouldn't come into my bedroom and she didn't like it when they got loose in the house."
Anyone interested in learning about rescuing and caring for Australian native animals can register for the new members course being held on March 31 and April 1.
The course costs $70, which includes a full year's membership to WIRES. Phone 6643 4055 for more details.
The completion of a separate, advanced course is required to handle snakes.