There has been an attack of venomous snakes in Australia.
Hungry serpents are being lured into homes across the country thanks to this year’s devastating mouse plague.
In New South Wales “extra large” animals hide in gardens, bins and garages.
They have also been found roaming among piles of firewood, concrete blocks and rubble.
This is only the start of the dreaded ‘snake season’ – which began last month – and catchers have already removed many of the serpents.
Australian Snake Catchers owner Sean Cade removed an “extra large” 6-foot eastern brown snake from a home in western Sydney in early October.
And since then the specialist has caught more than a dozen 5-foot deadly eastern brown snakes—and upwards of 25 red-belly.
They told 9news: “We’re definitely seeing the big guys coming out.
“They are bigger than average and very healthy.”
He explained that the twilight season typically begins in mid-September and lasts until March – coinciding with Australia’s summer.
But according to experts, this year has started with the dreadful mouse plague that ravaged the eastern and southern parts of the country earlier this year.
Millions of rats spread over 1,000 km from Brisbane to Melbourne.
Farmers were forced to burn their cars and crops, while other Australians were asked to tie string around their trousers to deter rodents from walking over their feet.
One woman even woke up her iris with a rat chew, as rodent infestation destroyed everything when she woke up.
The situation had become so bad that even calls started coming in to declare it a natural calamity.
‘Extra Large’ Snakes
Steve Henry, mouse expert from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, said: “Mice are providing a great food for snakes.
“[But] While there are a lot of rats, there are also a lot of frogs because of the wet weather.
“We will see a lot of healthy snakes but not necessarily many of them.
“We’re not going to see a plague of snakes.”
Whether there will be a second wave of mouse plague remains uncertain, Mr Henry said.