Non-Venomous Snakes

Non-Venomous Snakes on the Sunshine Coast

Common Snakes on the Sunshine Coast

Spotted Python - close up of face

Spotted Python (Antaresia maculosa)

- Non-Venomous

Small, robust and distinctively spotted, the spotted python is a snake species commonly found on the north-east and eastern coasts of Australia. Their docile nature and lack of venom make these snakes popular as pets!

Coastal Carpet Python (Morelia spilota mcdowelli)

- Non-Venomous

Coastal carpet pythons are large, thick snakes that 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 the upper lip and snout. Their colour can vary greatly, though they mostly look carpet-coloured with dark brown and tan, bordered by black, blotches all over their body.
keelback snake after being caught and released

Keelback Snake (Tropidonophis mairii)

- Non-Venomous

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

Green Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis punctulata)

- Non-Venomous

Green tree snakes, also known as common tree snakes, have moderately large eyes with elongated heads. They have long, slender bodies with scales varying in colour from brown and green, to sky blue. The scales often have white or blue speckles. Belly scales are usually creamy to yellow but can also be light blue.
Close up of the face of a Blind Snake

Blind Snake (Typhlopidae)

- Non-Venomous

The blind snake is often incorrectly identified as an earthworm, but for understandable reasons: they have a worm-like appearance! With shiny scales and a distinctive, blunt tail, the blind snake grows to lengths of between 20cm – 65cm.

There are 47 species of blind snakes belonging to the Anilios genus though many are similar in appearance. Blind snakes are not venomous.

Sunshine Coast Snake Identification

The Sunshine Coast region, like many other places in Queensland, is renowned for its snake population. There are many different species of snake on the Sunshine Coast, not to many all the sub-species, and many homeowners – and even business owners – have come across these slippery reptiles on their premises, in places they are not expected to be. Considering the variety of venomous snake species on the Sunshine Coast, it can be highly beneficial to be informed about the various snakes you may encounter.

Identifying a snake is no easy task, even for avid snake enthusiasts. When meeting a snake, they will likely try to flee or hide, which can make successfully identifying it difficult. In some cases, certain snakes can become defensive, rearing up or flattening out their body as they face off a would-be threat. This can also make identifying a snake tricky.

If you should come across a snake in your garden, at home, or within your workplace, it’s always best to call in trained professionals like Snake Rescue Sunny Coast. Our experience and training give us the right tools to not only accurately identify the snake, but also safely remove it from your property and relocate it to the wild. Never approach a snake you don’t recognise as there are many species of snake on the Sunshine Coast that are poisonous, but that can be confused for other, similar-looking non-venomous snakes in the area.

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Service Areas

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

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