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‘Don’t go near it’: Covid-19 lockdown leads to deadly snake boom in Melbourne

As sunny weather brings snakes out of hibernation, Melbourne snake-catcher warns, ‘If you see a snake, don’t go near it’

While the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the national economy and plunged many into unemployment, there’s one little industry expecting to boom – snake catching.

Melbourne’s Raymond Hoser has been catching snakes professionally since the 1970s and says he’s about to be busier than ever.

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