Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Exotic Pest on the Run in Warana

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Exotic Pest on the Run in Warana

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Byline: MEGAN MACKANDER

A FOREIGN snake slithering in Sunshine Coast suburbs could have the potential to become the next major environmental pest set to rival the cane toad.

Biosecurity Queensland, Sunshine Coast Council and residents have joined a snake catcher's hunt for a pregnant American corn snake.

The brightly coloured orange reptile has the potential to lay up to 30 eggs.

It is a scenario Sunshine Coast snake catcher Richie Gilbert says would be catastrophic for Queensland's ecosystem.

"When you release any foreign species into a native ecosystem, it throws the balance out," he said.

"Look at the cane toads, the rabbits and the foxes just to name a few introduced species.

"There's nothing to stop these guys doing the same and it would be catastrophic not just for the Coast but for all of Queensland."

Mr Gilbert received a call after the snake was found in a yard at Warana, but it had disappeared after photos were taken. …

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