Queensland Snakes

Identification and Relocation

Common Snakes Found in Queensland

Queensland is home to a large variety of snakes and reptiles, many of which look similar and can be easily misidentified. The large population of snakes in the area makes finding a snake in your home or office quite common, but for the uninformed, this can become a tricky, and even dangerous, situation.

However, being able to identify a snake that enters your home or office can help you keep your family and pets safe until our snake catchers can get there to relocate any reptiles on the premises.

If a snake does enter your home or business, please be sure to contact us right away for assistance in snake identification and snake catching. We operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

It’s best not to assume that a snake is non-venomous, and to keep a safe distance from the snake as it may become panicked and lash out at you from fear. Don’t approach any snakes that you come across, and never try to pick one up or capture one without professional help.

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Below is a list of some of the most common snakes found on the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland. This is not a complete list of snakes you may come across, so if you would like assistance in identifying a snake not found on this page, please be sure to contact us.

Snake Catcher Noosa - green tree snake

Green Tree snake
(Dendrelaphis punctulata)

Non venomous

Common tree snakes have moderately large eyes with an elongated head. They have a long, slender body with scales varying in color from brown to green, to sky blue. The scales often have white or blue speckles. Belly scales are usually cream to yellow but can also be a light blue. They can grow up to 1 – 2m in length.

Carpet python
(Morelia spilota mcdowelli)

Non venomous

These large, thick snakes can grow to over 3 metres in length and weigh up to 10kg. They have a large head covered in small fragmented scales. There are defined heat pits on the lower jaw with less defined pits on their upper lip and snout. Their colour can vary greatly, though they mostly look carpet-coloured.

Red-Bellied Black Snake
(Pseudechis porphyriacus)

Warning - highly venomous

Red-bellied black snakes are moderately built and can grow to an average length 1.5 to 2 meters. Blackheaded, often with a brown snout,a nd barely larger than its neck. There are glossy jet-black scales on its back with vibrant red to pink coloration running down its flanks. Belly scales are red to pink with black bands.

Common Death adder
(Acanthophis antarcticus)

Warning - highly venomous

Description: Death adders are very stocky with a triangular-shaped head, growing to an average of 40-100cm in length. coloration depends on the areas on where they are found.

Scale count: Midbody scale rows 21–23; ventrals 110–135; anal single; subcaudals, mostly single, some divided at tail-tip 35–60.

Diet: Placing the tail close to the head and using it as a lure to imitate a grub or worm will entice many animals closer e.g frogs, lizards, birds, and mammals which is the most common diet for the death adder.

Habitat: Being an ambush predator they rely heavily on ground coverage for camouflage, inhabiting areas like forests and grasslands with a lot of leaf little or loose soil is ideal.

Habits: Nocturnal, Terrestrial.

keelback snake on grass

Keelback snake (Fresh water snake)
(Tropidonophis mairii)

Non-Venomous

These are small, freshwater snakes that grows to average lengths of 60 -75 cm. Their colors range from any shade of gray, brown, and olive, with dark bands across the back. Belly scales are normally a cream to light salmon-pink.  The most defining feature is keeled scales that cover most of the body, which makes it rough to the touch.

Eastern Brown Snake
(Pseudonaja textilis)

Warning - highly venomous

Description: Brown snakes are slender to moderate build of snake that can grow to an average length of 1.5 to 2 meters. This species varies with coloration and patterns, from almost any shade of brown to almost black with belly scales typically being light tan to orange with pink or orange spots. Hatchlings and juveniles can be plain or have a darker patch of scales on the head and across the nape as well as bands that cross the body. These markings fade as they mature however some adults may keep the bands across the body.

Scale count: Midbody scale rows 17; ventrals 185–235; anal divided; subcaudals divided 45–75.

Diet: Feeds mainly on small mammals like mice, while the adults will occasionally feed on other snakes if given the opportunity.

Habitat: Preferring to live in more dry conditions throughout Queensland (can be found in all mainland states) they will often live in grassland, forest, and agricultural areas. due to the large population of mice normally found in suburban areas, they will often be seen on the edge of towns and cities.

Habits: Mostly diurnal but will come out at night in warmer weather.

Brown Tree snake
(Boiga irregularis)

Warning - highly venomous

Description: Brown Tree Snakes can grow to around 2 meters in length. They have a long, slender body with a large bulbous head, distinct from its narrow neck. They have large yellow to brown eyes with vertical pupils. Brown to reddish in color with dark bands. Belly scales are cream to salmon color.

Scale count: Midbody scale rows 19–23, ventrals 225–265; anal single; subcaudals divided 85–130.

Diet: Mainly feeds on birds and their eggs but reptiles, frogs, and mammals are also commonly eaten.

Habitat: Often found in rainforest, mangroves, and swampy areas due to their diet. they can also go mostly undetected in suburban areas with their amazing climbing skills but do commonly enter homes of a night.

Habits: Nocturnal and arboreal.

Yellow faced whip snake
(Dendrelaphis punctulata)

Mildly venomous

Description: Yellow-faced whip snakes are a small thin snake that only grows to an average length of 80cm – 1 meter. scales can vary from olive to brown, with copper coloration along the top half of the body. the scales around the eyes are usually yellow with a black comma shape that runs to the corner of the mouth. across the snout, there is a black bar that runs from nostril to nostril.

Scale count: Midbody scale rows 15; ventrals 165–230; anal and subcaudals divided.

Diet: Feeds on lizards

Habitat: Lives on rocky woodland and tropical savannah

Habits: Diurnal and terrestrial.

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Areas Covered: Caloundra to Noosa; Beerwah to Pomona;
Maleny to Mapleton and all areas in between.

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