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Mouse plague, environmental improvement leads snakes to thrive in Central West | The Land



CSIRO experts say recent rain has ‘checked’ mouse populations without erasing them completely amid the horror plague that’s hit the region this year, but another side effect has come to light this week – the impact it’s had on 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 very, very well-fed. – Snake catcher Stephen Thomson

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

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