The eastern brown snake, also referred to as the common brown snake, is an often-sighted and highly dangerous snake found on the Sunshine Coast and around Australia. Incredibly venomous and spanning up to 2m in length at adulthood, this snake can be found in urban areas, where its prey, the house mouse, can be found.
Residents and business owners beware: often travelling into homes or gardens, this venomous snake is not to be trifled with!
Slender, with a rounded snout, the common brown snake usually grows up to about 1.5m in length – though some adults have been found at 2m in length. Juveniles can vary in colour and markings but generally have a black head with a lighter brown snout and band on the back. Their bodies can be standard brown or include bands down to the tail.
Adult eastern brown snakes tend to range from a pale to very dark brown with markings fading as they age. Their bellies are a pale cream-yellow colour. Adults will also have 17 rows of dorsal scales at midbody.
The eastern brown snake can be found in just about every type of habitat. Most commonly, they are spotted on the outskirts of urban areas and farmland.
Their diet means that you may find them in your home, gardens, sheds and garages – they may even be found near places of business! Convenient shelter and hiding spots make these places more hospitable to the snake.
The eastern brown snake is incredibly dangerous and is considered the second-most venomous terrestrial snake in the world, second to the inland taipan found in central-eastern Australia.
This species alone is responsible for more than 60% of all snake-bite related deaths in Australia.
The common brown snake’s diet consists primarily of mammals such as the house mouse, or rats. However, small birds, eggs and even other snakes may fall prey to them.
This snake uses its sight while hunting and can often be seen occasionally rearing its head like a periscope.
Generally, this snake is more likely to flee when encountering humans than to become aggressive. Spotting them before they spot you is key, as a startled snake is more likely to lash out. Direct contact with the snake should be avoided at all costs, as a single bite can prove fatal to you, your loved ones, and pets.
If you spot an eastern brown snake, or suspect there may be one living in your home or garden, get in touch with our team. We operate 24/7 and can provide identification, trapping and relocation services for wild snakes. To ensure your safety and the safety of your family and pets, our team always aims to assist you as soon as possible.