A testy, large and lethal eastern brown snake more than a metre and a half long has been caught trying to raid a chook pen at Clifton Grove.
Snake handler Greg Pringle was called to the property about 5pm yesterday where he found the snake eating a mouse in the pen.
"He wasn't a very happy snake," he said.
However, the reptile was successfully captured and safely released into bushland.
Mr Pringle said the capture of the snake was a warning to householders that snakes are out and about as the weather warms up.
He said the eastern brown snake was particularly fast and could prove a challenge to capture.
"They are very lethal snakes and are ill-natured," he said.
Mr Pringle says snakes such as the eastern brown seek out bird aviaries or chicken pens in semi-rural and rural areas, and even within the city limits looking for mice.
"There is a perception they are looking to kill and eat the birds or chickens, but that's not the case," he said.
"Where there is feed in the enclosures, it means mice are attracted to the area, and that is what the snakes are usually after," he said.
The snake, which has been known to grow to lengths of more than two and a half metres is a protected species.