The green tree snake is very common on the Sunshine Coast and in Queensland. Also referred to as the common tree snake or yellow-bellied black snake, this arboreal reptile is non-venomous and usually harmless but does have the ability to bite when threatened.
These snakes are often spotted in homes and gardens along the Sunshine Coast.
The colouring of the common tree snake varies. Most often, they are seen with green, olive-green, black and a mix on their body. The belly is usually a pale yellow, cream or light blue.
Blue flecks can be seen along the flanks of the green tree snake, with similar blue features between scales.
These snakes can grow to between 1 – 2m in length, and have 13-15 mid-body scale count.
The green or common tree snake are often found near open forests, rain forests, agricultural lands and suburban areas, though their diet means that they are often found near water. They are known to enter residential areas, however, which is why many residents on the Sunshine Coast will find these snakes in their homes, garages, gardens and even office spaces.
Their slender, camouflaged bodies allow them to blend into trees (hence their name) with ease. Using long grass or shrubs, their colours help them stalk their prey without being seen. Homes and gardens containing ponds or fountains surrounded by shrubs may see these snakes more often.
The green tree snake is active during the day and rests at night in hollow trees, logs, foliage or rock crevices. When resting, they are often found in trees, earning them the name “tree snake.”
The Common tree snake are non-venomous and is usually reluctant to bite. In extreme conditions where the snake feels threatened or is handled incorrectly, it may bite or emit a strong-smelling secretion from its anal glands.
Tree snakes are carnivorous and will prey on a variety of aquatic animals. Their diet consists mainly of frogs, water skinks, small reptiles, geckos, and even eggs.
Sometimes when approached, the tree snake will inflate its body and neck to make itself seem larger. This is a mechanism that they use to scare off predators. Generally, the tree snake will make a quick exit if it feels threatened. In some instances, the tree snake will defend itself by producing a pungent odour from its cloaca and in extreme instances, they may bite. The common tree snake’s slender size gives it the ability to fit through small gaps and enter homes.
If you spot a green tree snake 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.
Remember to maintain a safe distance from the snake, but keep an eye on it until we get there!