To Identify a snake based off of its colour alone can be extremely inconsistent as all species of snakes can vary vastly in colour. To get an accurate identification you need to look at the physical characteristics of the snake, types of scales it has, The size of those scales and the number of those scales.
Not all brown coloured snakes are eastern browns and not all eastern browns are brown in colour. All snake species can vary vastly in colour.
Don’t panic, snakes are shy creatures that will often run if given the chance. Most snakes are just passing through so if you encounter a snake, stand still or slowly step away to a safe distance (3 – 4 metres).
If it’s located in or around your home, keep your eyes on it at all times and call your local snake catcher. (If possible, take a photo if safe to do so, it makes our job easier if we know what species of snake we are dealing with.)
Never attempt to handle or engage with an injured Snake as they can become extremely defensive and unpredictable depending on the level of injury. Call your local snake catcher and they will come and collect the snake. All sick or injured snakes are taken to a licensed veterinarian or the team at the Australia zoo, wildlife hospital where they are medical assessment and treated.
All snakes have the potential to bite, but will usually only do so as a last resort when they feel threatened or are being harassed.
Snakes very vastly in color, patterns and size. Due to this, they can often be mistaken for other spices. For your safety, never assume its non-venomous or safe to handle. Leave it to the professionals.
Snakes are not a territorial animal. They do have a “home range” in which they tend to stay in, but do not actively patrol or defend. They will only stay within this “home range” if the habitat is suitable to live in and provides all necessary elements like shelter, water and a good source of food.
No, not all snakes are venomous. Of all snake species found in Queensland, about 65% of them are venomous.
Two specific groups of snakes produce venom: front-fanged snakes (Elapids) and some rear-fanged snakes (Colubrids). The Elapids group contains some of the most notoriously venomous snakes in Australia, such as the Taipan, Eastern Brown Snake, and the Tiger Snake.
No, Australian snakes do not hibernate as the climate is not cold enough. However, some snake species do Brumate. Brumation is a type of dormancy found in reptiles that is quite similar to hibernation. Triggered by the lack of heat and decreased hours of sunlight in winter, Brumation differs from hibernation in its metabolic process.
Snakes that Brumate can go months without eating, only waking up to drink water.
Snakes’ natural habitats and human habitats often overlap. If you’ve found a snake in your home or garden, chances are that it was searching for food or shelter. Snakes will look for small, warm, or secluded areas to rest in, which is why many Sunshine Coast residents find them in their roofs or ceilings.
Treat all snake bites and suspected snake bites as a medical emergency
Contact emergency services, then apply a compression bandage to the bitten area. Mark where the bite is located on the outside of the bandage
Ensure the bitten individual is completely immobilised and wait for emergency services to arrive
Whether you’re out in the bush on your next adventure or plotting around in the garden, it’s important to be prepared for worst-case scenarios.
Australia is home to some of the most venomous snakes in the world, so it’s a good idea to have your snake bite first aid kit or pressure bandages on you or nearby. Having the Emergency Plus app downloaded on your phone can help emergency services find your exact location if you need them.
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