The Centralian advocate Tue 31 Oct 2017
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02 NEWS TUESDAY OCTOBER 31 2017 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 CONTENTS NEWS TIPS Do you have a news photo or a story tip? If so, we want to hear from you! News hotline: 89509777 Send your photos to: news@ aliceadvocate.com.au News 2-10 TV Guide 11-17 Puzzles & Comics 18 Letters 19 New Arrivals 20 Scene in Alice 21 Gardening & Stars 22 Classifieds 23-24 Sport 25-28 RECENT hot and humid conditions have created an environment that could lead to a bumper snake season. Reptile whisperer Rex Neindorf said the steamy weather was ideal for the slithery creatures, and the snakes are everywhere at the moment. Although snake call-outs were slightly fewer than this time last year, Mr Neindorf was quick to point out that last year was ballistic. We had almost 1300 calls last year, and the year before we did 481, so it was a massive jump, he said. I think this year will be less than last year, but more than the year before. Mr Neindorfs comments come after a man narrowly avoided being bitten by a Mulga snake in his garage last Tuesday evening. The snake struck at Tyrone Pahh as he was putting his bike away after an evening ride, luckily it punctured a tyre rather than Mr Pahhs leg. Mr Neindorf removed the agitated Mulga snake from the premises and it is now being held at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre. This Mulga snake was really fat, it had obviously been feeding well, he said. Unfortunately when the snakes are healthy they can mate and lay lots of eggs. That means there could be lots of snakes come January and February. To protect you and your home from an unwanted visitor, Mr Neindorf recommends blocking any gaps under doorways and entrances, keeping your property neat, and having outside lights. Snakes also love to swim weve already caught a couple of snakes in pools so make sure you check the skimmer box before you dive your hand in to clean it. Mr Neindorf also discourage people posting photos on social media to identify creepy crawlies on their property, and instead leave it to the experts. If youre unsure of anything call the snake phone on 0407 983 276, he said. Watch the animal until we get there and well sort it out. Big snake year looming This king brown snake was found by Tyrone Pahh while putting his bike into his garage. The snake struck at him, but luckily the reptile bit into his bike tyre instead of his leg Picture: EMMA MURRAY Andrea Johnston and Emma Murray There could be lots of snakes come January R E X N E I N D O R F WRITE TO US THE Centralian Advocate wants to know what Alice Springs is thinking. Whether its about the latest newspaper, council decision or looming issue we would love to hear from you. To send us your thoughts, either email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at 2 Gap Rd, Alice Springs. LETS GET SOCIAL WE CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS FIND MORE CUSTOMERS ONLINE LET NEWS XTEND SHOW YOU HOW Contact Lisa to speak to your Alice Springs News Xtend Specialist Work hand in hand with Australias leading provider of digital marketing solutions and build a customised campaign to achieve your business goals. Specialists in display, search, social, video, email and landing page development. 8950 9725 | email@example.com | www.newsxtend.com.au