Most Commonly Encountered snakes about Brisbane

Eastern Brown snake

Eastern Brown snake

 Highly Venomous 

Bites from this species have caused human fatalities. In fact the Eastern Brown Snake accounts for more fatalities than any other Australian Snake. A nervous, ready biter it will defend itself if threatened. Maintains a strong defensive "S" shaped posture. The second most toxic land snake in the world and the most venomous in South East Queensland. Bites from this species should be treated immediately and attended to with correct first aid.

 

Common Tree Snake

Common Tree snake

 Non Venomous 

Inoffensive and bites infrequently. Emits a strong odor from the cloaca if handled firmly.

Sleek slender body with long, very thin tail. Distinctive ridge extends along outer edges of belly making shed skins easily identifiable. Wide colour ranges from green, olive, brown & black to rare blue-grey on upper body. Belly yellow or creamy, with bright yellow present on throat. Some specimens with blue or grey belly but generally maintain the yellow coloration

Red-bellied Black snake

Red-bellied Black snake

 Highly Venomous 

Reclusive disposition but will inflate and flatten the body and neck in an effort to intimidate a perceived aggressor. Bites from this species should be treated immediately and attended to with correct first aid. Its supposed fearsome reputation is well exaggerated.
Uniform glossy black above along whole body except tip of snout which is paler brown. Belly has red or pink flush, brighter on the sides & paler in the middle. Hind edge of belly-scales is black, creating an even red & black striped appearance.

White Crowned Snake

White Crowned Snake

 Weakly Venomous 

Not considered dangerous to humans. All crowned snakes are reluctant biters, relying more on bluff display than bite. They are weakly venomous and have tiny mouths and short fangs. They will generally rear up & 'mock strike' with mouth closed, more of a 'head butt'. If bitten, as with any snake bite, apply correct first aid and seek medical attention.

Coastal Carpet Python

Coastal Carpet Python

 Non Venomous 

Bites may cause substantial lacerations or punctures.
Large, heavy bodied snake with a highly variable, mottled & blotched pattern and colour. Mostly white to cream on the underside. Head is distinct from the neck. Deeply pitted scales (infralabials) along bottom jaw and to a lesser extent the upper jaw (supralabials) with small "granular scattered scales on top of the head.

Yellow-faced Whip Snake

Yellow-faced Whip Snake

 Potentially Dangerous 

The Yellow-faced Whip Snake is a small to medium sized snake species that is quick to flee at the first sign of a perceived threat. Its defensive posture is to simply pull the head back over the body in readiness however bites are usually only received where direct contact is made with the snake. It is a mildly venomous snake species that, in the case of small children, the elderly or those presenting with an anaphylactic response to its venom may be potentially dangerous. Bites generally involve localised pain and swelling

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