SNAKES ON THE PROWL: Two women bitten, tiger snake in house

A BALMY night and the threat of rain brought about a number of unwanted encounters with snakes for Coast residents.

A Beerwah woman in her mid-40s was bitten by a snake at Swan Street at about 8.30pm last night while another 43-year-old woman was bitten by a snake at Ninderry Close, Battery Hill, within a few hours.

Both women were taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Meanwhile a rare tiger snake was found in a woman's home in Sippy Downs last night.

Nikki Owers posted to a local social media page to sound the warning after noticing her cat staring intently at the snake which was next to her on the floor while she was watching TV at her Flametree Pocket home.

Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 snake catcher Dan Lynch said he hadn't received any call outs last night, but didn't believe it had been busier than usual for a summer's night.

He said there may have been increased snake activity with rain on the way and many breeds of snake are getting into their egg-laying season now.

Mr Lynch said the fact it was a weekend meant more people were home and increased the likelihood of snake encounters too.

He said tiger snakes were rare in Sippy Downs, and were more associated with the Beerwah and Caloundra South areas, but it was possible with the Mooloolah River close by and rain about that they were active, as they sought out frogs in wet weather.

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