George Moore was about to walk into the City of Greater Bendigo's offices on Lyttleton Terrace yesterday afternoon when he spotted something out of the corner of his eye.
What he saw surprised even the experienced snake catcher: it was an eastern brown snake, lying close by the door to the offices in the heart of the city's CBD.
Mr Moore said snakes in the centre of town were not unheard of, although the last call-out he attended for one was about a year ago, to pick up a red-bellied black snake near the TAFE campus.
Yesterday's snake was caught and relocated to bush.
"This one's in pretty good nick, it would have been living around the council offices somewhere," Mr Moore said.
He said a warm, sunny day like Wednesday was ideal weather for the slithery reptiles who were in search of a mate and food.
It had been a busy day, he said, with his surprise find the fourth snake he had caught.
Anyone who finds a snake is advised to move themselves and pets or children away, and make contact with a snake catcher through the council or police.
Mr Moore also suggests people clear long grass and rubbish away from their homes and keep pools covered, to discourage snakes from hanging around.
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