DAVE Wilkinson estimates he has come across near on 1000 snakes in the Mansfield district over the past five years.
For most people, the summer months are littered with conversations like, “no snakes yet, touch wood”, or “do you get snakes around here”.
But for Dave, the more snakes the better.
Dave runs Snake Smart, a 24 hour snake and reptile removal service in Mansfield.
Snakes are, quite literally, part of his everyday life.
It is a far cry from the boy who was raised on a dairy farm in Kyabram.