Snake Pest Control

While Australia has a reputation for venomous snakes, sighting one can be a rare occurrence. However, when one is spotted in a home or workplace, it can cause serious alarm! There are about 3,000 snake bites every year in Australia, of which 200 – 500 receive anti-venom. On average there a couple of fatalities every year, with the majority of those deaths from the brown snake.

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From Preparation to Treatment

Snakes are a protected species, which means that a valid Snake Catchers License is needed to legally catch and release a snake in a safe manner. Licensed Snake Catchers are specially trained on snake behaviour and how to capture them without harming them. Do not try to remove the snake yourself.

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To prevent snakes inside, keep internal doors closed. Roll up towels and block the gap beneath the doors. Do not approach a snake. If it is outside, use a gentle stream of water from the hose to direct it away. If bitten, stay calm and seek medical attention.

Common Snake Questions

  • 01What are the most common dangerous snakes in Australia?

    The most common venomous snakes in Australia are the Eastern Brown Snake, Western Brown Snake, Mainland Tiger Snake, Inland Taipan, Coastal Taipan, Mulga Snake, Lowlands Copper Head, Small-eyes Snake, Common Death adder and the Red-bellied Black Snake. Snakes behave differently according to their species.

  • 02Do snakes have powerful senses?

    Snakes can see but not particularly well and are better at seeing short distances. They hear with their inner ear by picking up vibrations on the ground. This is why loud stomping can alarm a snake. Their famously forked tongue helps with their sense of smell; snakes can literally ‘taste’ an odour in the air.

  • 03What are the breeding habits of snakes?

    Snakes usually reproduce sexually but are also capable of reproducing asexually. Most snakes breed by laying eggs and their young hatch from these eggs. However, some species carry and give birth to their young.

  • 04Where do snakes live?

    There are many different types of snakes throughout Australia, while some snakes are harmless; there are many others that are also venomous. Snakes are cold-blooded reptiles that need heat to regulate their body temperatures. They become more inactive over winter and most sightings occur during summer.

  • 05Are snakes considered pests?

    Snakes do not cause property damage, and most are not intentionally looking to harm you. Snakes camouflage themselves and most people don’t see the snake, meaning that when it is stepped on – or grabbed by accident – the snake will get scared and attack out of fright. Keep garden bed away from your home’s exterior and keep your lawn trimmed. Fit all windows with fly screens and make sure you have proper rodent control. Snakes are attracted to rodents as they are prey. Never try to remove a snake yourself.

Common Snakes

Eastern Brown

Appearance

The Eastern Brown Snake can grow up to 2m. Pale brown to grey in colour. Young brown snakes have bands down their body and can be confused with Tiger Snakes. Bullet-shaped head.

Lifestyle

Brown snakes feed on small mammals and rodents but will also eat other reptiles, birds and frogs. Female Brown snakes lay up to 35 eggs and a number of females can reuse the same nest. Brown snakes are highly venomous. If bitten, immobile the wound and seek medical treatment ASAP. An anti-venom is available, but time is of the essence.

Habits

Brown snakes are extremely venomous, and they can be aggressive when threatened. They are usually found in grass and woodlands but due to habitat destruction they have been seen more and more in backyards, sheds and houses, as they search for food and shelter.

Red Bellied Black Snake

Appearance

Red-bellied Black Snakes have a reddish pink belly with a shiny black top. 1.2 – 1.5m in length.

Lifestyle

Red-bellied Black Snakes mate in the springtime and give birth to around 20 live young. They can be found all along the east coast of Australia. It is venomous, although not as toxic as the Brown snake. They are not aggressive although if seriously provoked, they may rise and make several strikes.

Habits

Red-bellied Black Snakes usually inhabit wetlands such as creeks and rivers. Thanks to urban development, they will sometimes venture into suburban areas in search of food. They are good swimmers and eat mainly frogs but will also eat small mammals and other reptiles.

Eastern Tiger Snake

Appearance

Approx. 1.2m, comes in a variety of colours – brown, olive grey and jet black to light bluish grey.

Lifestyle

The Eastern Tiger Snake is highly venomous but also shy and will flee if given the chance. However, it should never be approached as if it feels threatened and has no way of escaping it will bite. They are relatively stocky in build with a broad head and will flatten the head and throat when threatened, similar to a cobra.

Habits

The Eastern Tiger Snake lives in a broad range of habitats, from rainforests to floodplains and dry areas. It is common in mountainous areas and the west of Sydney but are also found on the coast. It prefers grassy areas near water and mainly feeds on frogs but also on small mammals and reptiles.

Common Death Adder

Appearance

The Common Death Adder is short and fat. It can grow to 1m but usually found around 30 – 60cm. Comes in a variety of banded colours ranging from red to grey to multicoloured stripes.

Lifestyle

The Common Death Adder is a solitary and nocturnal creature, which spends the day burrowed in soft soil or loose leaves. They often lie in wait for several days before a meal passes. This ambush hunting makes it very dangerous to humans. If bitten, immobilise the wound and seek immediate medical attention.

Habits

The Common Death Adder is native to Australia, extremely venomous and dangerous. It has large fangs, potent venom, the ability to camouflage itself and an incredibly fast strike. They live in a variety of different habitats and blend perfectly with loose leaf litter. Being an ambush predator, it hides and uses its tail as a lure to attract prey – mainly birds and small mammals.

Coastal Taipan

Appearance

The Coastal Taipan is approx. 2m long, long and narrow head. Colours may vary, often light olive or reddish-brown. The belly is usually creamy white to pale light yellow. They become darker in winter and fade in summer.

Lifestyle

The coastal taipan is primarily active in the mornings, although it may become nocturnal in hot weather. Compared to other snakes, it has strong eyesight and appears to actively scan for prey. It is highly venomous but not confrontational. It may strike a human repeatedly if it feels cornered and threatened.

Habits

Coastal Taipans are found in a variety of habitat – tropical coastal regions, monsoon forests and woodlands. It is especially prolific in Far North Queensland, where it has adapted to the sugarcane fields and thrives on the rodent population. It shelters in abandoned animal burrows, piles of vegetation and litter. coastal taipan shelters in abandoned animal burrows, hollow logs, and in piles of vegetation and litter.