SLITHERING STORIES WITH GLENN ‘OZZIE’ LAWRENCE

“They are the ultimate survivor so I get emotional because it hasn’t been killed, hasn’t been picked off by a predator or lost its home.”

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Glenn Ozzie Lawrence is an interesting human being and by far one of my favourite people to interview.

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Owner and Founder of OzCapture Snake Relocations he is the man in the know when it comes to those slithering characters of our great wide land.

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Logan Local spoke with him again on how the business of relocations was and his quest for education amongst the public.

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While still working graveyard shifts in a metal fabrication place for twelve months while also catching snakes, he left to pursue relocations fulltime two years ago.

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Mr Lawrence told us that the number of callouts changed day to day.

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“It’s really up and down. One day I did ten snake relocations – three eastern browns, two red bellies, two carpet snakes, one common green snake and one white crown,”

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“One day this month my first call out at 8am and working through until 4am the next day – but on average it is around six a day.”

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He is passionate about these animals and works with thirteen other catchers while also running his own business.

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In an industry working with a range of species he is frequently called out to relocate eastern browns – regarded as Australia’s most dangerous snake.

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He was straight up when I asked him how he had avoided close calls of late with the species and other venomous encounters.

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“Remain vigilant and never complacent. It’s always different!”

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“For example, an eastern brown on a day like today is going to be stinking hot and extra defensive. He will go you all day,”

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“On the other hand like the other day the eastern brown I relocated was sitting in water and could have been there for potentially twenty four hours and didn’t have much energy so he was lethargic and easy to work with,”

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If they are harassed by birds or another predator tried to pick him off naturally he will be wired and ready to go.”

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Having been asked to take on many relocations Lawrence has in turn had return customers.

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“I have a lot of regular customers – from a big carpet snake in their roof to a thick eastern brown in their rock wall. Every day is different – different locations, different situations, different customer reactions,”

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“I love customers who want to pick your brain and ask questions – its never about how big the snake is but more so how interested the customer is in the situation. They wouldn’t be calling me if they didn’t care about the snake.”

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At the end of the day snakes are the balance of natural state of order and without them our ecosystem would be left in complete turmoil.

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“One carpet python is a lot better than twenty rats in your roof. Snakes are the only natural pest control – absolutely no chemicals.”

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Not only does he have great passion for his line of work but also for the importance of education around our slithering friends and scaly reptile residents.

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“Hollywood has a lot of blame here – Snakes on a Plane did snakes no favour whatsoever. There needs to be more education and that sort of rubbish does not help at all.”

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“It all comes down to education and I have been able to really talk some customers around especially with non-venomous types to keep the animal at the house or relocate them to the back of a property rather than take them away from their surroundings and food source,”

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“By taking it away it will more than likely return, and risk being run over or someone taking a shovel to it,”

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“Unfortunately, not everybody lives compassionately – they will kill the snake and ask questions later on.”

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With our landscape changing and development increasing to match our booming population in turn it impacts the way these species live harmoniously alongside us, as Ozzie agreed.

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“Snakes are quite adaptable to the landscape. It’s not just the snakes themselves but its their prey, their food that is being wiped out. For that reason they have had to adapt to what is the concrete jungle that is our suburbs.”

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For now, Mr Lawrence is happy with his work and the encounters and opportunities he gets throughout his time in relocations.

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“Not a snake catcher forever,” he said.

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In the future he plans to work to rehabilitate echidnas and work with raptors and our amazing birds of prey including hawks, eagles, and owls

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Three Biggest Snake Myths with Glenn Ozzie Lawrence

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1. WHERE YOU HAVE EASTERN BROWNS YOU WILL NOT HAVE RED BELLIED BLACK SNAKES – “That one can be discounted I know a snake catcher that pulled one of each out of the same hole.”

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2. SNAKES WILL CHASE YOU – one of the biggest myths going around, snakes don’t want anything to do with you. “They will always stand their ground and defend their territory. I deal with eastern browns in bedrooms – there are four corners, and they will be in a corner and stand up to you. If you are out in the open always stand still and it gives the snake the opportunity to know you are there and he will move on.”

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3. SNAKE REPELLENT VIBRATION SYSTEMS WORK – “A complete placebo and they are very dangerous. It’s like opening up a shop and selling sticks – its complete utter garbage.”

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