A Plague of Snakes

THRIVING: Snakes, like this western brown, have bounced back recently after being hit hard by the drought. Photo: FILE

Our friends in Australia can’t get a break from a series of almost biblical plagues. Drought. Wildfires. Mice. and now… snakes?

Booming mouse numbers have provided a rodent smorgasbord which, combined with the environment’s continued fightback from drought making for more cover, has created perfect conditions for snake species’ to thrive.

Bigger, fatter snake species’ to be specific.

“Some of the snakes I’ve seen this season have certainly been bigger, fatter and very, very well-fed,” Central West snake handler Stephen Thomson said.