Snake Catcher Noosa Luke Huntley relocated this beautiful carpet python from a home in a Tinbeerwah.
Snake Catcher Noosa Luke Huntley relocated this beautiful carpet python from a home in a Tinbeerwah.

Every day an adventure for Noosa snake catcher

NOOSA snake catcher Luke Huntley credits the Noosa News with the success of his business and "fulfilling a dream".

"I started in 2016. The Noosa News ran a story about a snake I caught and, well, it took off from there really," Mr Huntley said.

"It was my dream to be able to do snake catching full time and now I'm living that dream.

"I've worked really, really, really hard for coming up to four years now.

"I'm snake catching every day - I love it."

Mr Huntley said his job was not for everyone and, while he could make it look easy in his online videos, it could be dangerous.

"Yes, I have been bitten," he admits.

That's one of the first questions everybody asks, apparently.

And, yes, he does own pet snakes. About 20.

"Growing up, I'd watch Steve Irwin, Bear Grylls and David Attenborough - they were inspiring," Mr Huntley said.

"I would always be that boy out in the bush looking for wildlife and, if someone we knew had a snake, I was always that family friend who would go … and now it's my business," he said.

At this time of year, it's peak season for a snake catcher.

"While the days are hottest, the snakes are sheltering from the heat," he said.

"They're looking for a cool place to sit and they're looking for water … so they go into homes.

"They get in through open doors and windows mainly."

Mr Huntley receives calls at all hours of the day and night.

"When you're available 24-7 for calls, your social life goes out the window."

But he said knowing that he's educating the public and potentially saving lives (human and reptile) is reward enough.

"Through my videos I want to educate people and try to help those people who are scared of snakes.

"Education is an important part of what I do," he said.

If you have an unwanted snake at your place, Mr Huntley can be contacted on 0499 920 290.