Family-run Christmas tree farm feels the bite as deadly brown snakes invade

Updated December 06, 2018 11:03:18

Photo: Deb Court has had to wrangle both snakes and the Christmas rush on her property this season. (ABC South East NSW: Adriane Reardon) Related Story: Snake bites north Queensland man’s face Related Story: Found a snake in your yard? Unless you want to get bitten, put down the shovel

Staff at a family-run Christmas tree farm are struggling to maintain their yuletide spirit as an inundation of deadly brown snakes has led to untended trees and dangers to browsing visitors.

While families elsewhere wander farms and browse for a Christmas tree to fit with a special tag, an unusually high number of aggressive snakes on the Court family’s Wolumla property, just south of Bega in New South Wales, has limited their ability to maintain the business.

Photo: Deb Court says she has noticed an increase of brown snakes on her property this year. (Supplied: Deb Court)

“It has affected the families and kids roaming on the property wanting to tag a tree,” Deb Court said.