Snake Catcher Activity Brisbane
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Red bellies, browns and carpet snakes!
September was another dry month in Brisbane. Temperatures were high and it was one of the warmest on record. This meant plenty of snake activity. September signalled the start of the snake breeding season for the south east.
A number of customers called regarding noise in their ceilings. Carpet Pythons, and sometimes Green Tree Snakes, inhabit suburban ceilings. In breeding season it it common to find a number of snakes in a ceiling. The male snakes will fight over the female and make plenty of noise.
The hot dry weather has not only meant an increased number of snakes but also increased tick activity. Keep you pets safe by keeping the grass low and the garden maintained. Wack a tick collar or other preventative on your dog or cat and keep them safe from the ticks. Keep cats inside when ever possible. If your dog or cat brings a snake in yell at them to drop the snake and call them away from it. Never handle a pet that has a snake in it's mouth as you may get bitten. If the snake is still alive watch where it goes whilst calling your local snake catcher. If the snake enters a room you can confine it to that room by putting a towel under the door, if safe to do so. You may also then want to head off to the vet with your dog or cat, just in case it's been bitten. Animal treatment for a snake bite is very expensive so it is best to avoid the scenario if possible.
If it's bad luck for a cat to cross your path I guess it's good luck for a snake to cross your path. What if the snake had eaten a cat and then they both crossed your path?? Your mind is now clear to just enjoy the photo! The local bike riders were backed up waiting for this beautiful creature to finish crossing. Relax, no cats were ingested......
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Firstly a hot July and now for August
Venomous snakes were all the rage in August. Many customers rang to report sightings of Eastern Browns. Suburbs such as Samford and Petrie had them removed. Other suburbs such as Eatons Hill, Closeburn and Dayboro reported a number of sightings. The dry weather combined with high temperatures is likely responsible.
Customer question: How can I protect my dog or cat from venomous snakes this season?
The easiest way is to keep a clean yard that is well maintained. Short grass and few hiding spots means snakes will be less inclined to hang around. Make sure you dog or cat is fenced in and not allowed to roam bushland. Whilst protecting your pet you will also be protecting the environment. Remember that even pets that survive snake bites are often injured and accompany a huge vet bill. One customer once told me she spent in excess of $5000 because of one bite. The staffy lived! Another tip is to keep pet food in a secure container to avoid vermin. Attracting mice and rats with pet food is encouraging snakes.
Shown here is a photo of an Eastern Brown Snake being released. Whilst being captured the snake was rather defensive delivering a number of bites to the bag and other items. The are typically defensive when cornered or restrained. It was a very healthy and strong specimen.
One of Brisbane's hottest July on record
With the heat comes the snakes. July is normally a month of little or no snake activity. Snakes use the warmth of their environment to facilitate their bodily functions and metabolise their food. With such a warm month and plenty of glorious sunshine July has turned out to be a snake month in the middle of winter.
A number of customers sent in photos of snakes or witnessed them basking in the sunshine. Most were happy for the snake to be on their property and didn't require the services of a Brisbane snake catcher.
Customer question: I hear strange noises in the ceiling, could it be a snake?
Snakes such as the Coastal Carpet Python and the Scrub Python are often found in ceiling cavities. In the cooler months they generally just lay about not doing much at all however come spring they can be noisy. Sometimes you will hear sliding or dragging noises, especially in non insulated houses or hoses with ducted air-conditioning. Ducted air-conditioning tubes conduct the sound of the snake sliding over them. Your first thought will be 'what if the snake comes out of the air conditioning vent when I am sleeping' however the duct should be sealed. The snake should only be sliding over it. There are two other times you may hear a snake in the ceiling and that is when they take down prey, usually a possum or a rat and when two male snakes are fighting. When they are fighting they often carry on for hours rolling around thumping heads. Light fittings may also be knocked down. If this is happening contact a local snake catcher. For a snake catcher Brisbane simply look us up on this site. Oh, when there is a noise from a snake eating prey it's generally only momentary.... maybe even a little squeak as the poor little critter becomes dinner.
To reduce snake activity in your roof simply ensure trees and other climbable objects, such as lattice, are away from your house. Any climbable item that goes close to your gutter or roof can be used as a means for the snake to get in your ceiling. Also, if you have a possum or rat problem you may wish to deal with that as they do attract the pythons.
The forecast for Brisbane is for a dry hot August so to reduce snake activity in your yard you may wish to prune the garden whilst it's still cooler. Remember to wear protective clothing and boots just in case there is a snake.
A cool month and the snakes hibernate
Well I guess it may not be true hibernation however they definately slow their metabolism and have a rest for a while. Normally there isn't much snake activity in Brisbane during winter.
This little fella popped up in Albany Creek. It's a Keelback. Many people do not realise that not all brown snakes are harmful. Keelbacks are non venomous and common in areas where there are creeks and drains. Keelbacks, also known as Fresh Water Snakes are the only snake that can eat Cane Toads. They enjoy the smaller more tender & less poisonous toads. Keelbacks emit a strong repulsive smell if threatened. The scales on the Keelback are rather distinctive so is it's 'smile' from side on.
Customer question: Is the Yellow Belly Black Snake dangerous?
Answer: Walking through the high dry grass pushing my way through slow. Yellow belly black snake sleeping on a red rock waiting for the stranger to go...... Worry more about the bad storm coming and the fact that you think its a good idea to the top of the mountain to get away from it. I reckon that would be a silly idea. Serious answer is no, there is no 'Yellow Belly Black Snake' as such. The most common species mistaken for this snake is the Green Tree Snake. The Green Tree Snake is common in Brisbane as well as east coast and northern Australia. They are perfectly fine to have in the yard. Apparently there are also Tiger Snakes in NSW and Victoria that could also be mistaken with a yellow belly and black back. A Tiger Snake is most definitely a snake you want to stay away from. Call your licensed snake catcher if you need one moved from your property. A list of areas covered in NSW can be found here Snake Catchers NSW and Victoria here Snake Catchers Victoria.
Now stop worrying about your slithery friends as most have gone to sleep. Enjoy your winter!
As always, stay safe!
Not a lot of snakes, or door to door sales people...
Well not allot snake activity happened in May. There were a number of calls from Brisbane residents however most were after information and not the services of a snake catcher. It's great to be able to reassure residents that not all snakes need to be removed.
There was one customer however who was wondering why they hadn't received any visitors... until they went to their front door. A resident carpet python was camped on there front steps. A sure fire way to avoid those door to door sales people!
Ole fatso has eaten something. Most probably a possum but possibly a small cat. Anyway, he was happy to be released back into local bushland and decided to sun bake for a while whilst breakfast digested. All in all a pretty content snake.
Amazingly the customer called me a couple of days later to tell me the snake was back. Given it was released fairly close, at the customers request, it was very possible. I attended and relocated the snake for free however it's clear it was a buddy of the first snake. Shown below you can see the distinctly different patters. Both were very healthy snakes.
Customer question: Are snakes hot or cold to touch?
Answer: Well snakes uses their environment to regulate their temperature. If they are in cold spot, then they are cold. If they are baking in a warm spot in the sun or against something warm they are warm to touch. Oh by the way when they are warm they are fast! They also require warmth to digest their food. This explains why this carpet snake was sun baking.
Heading into winter is a great time to clean up the garden. As it cools there are less and less snakes. That being said if the postman/tradesman/door to door salesperson is not visiting you may just want to check the front door to see if there is a reason why! :)
As always, stay safe!
Plenty of rain and a few snappy pythons...
April was an interesting month. A combination of cold, warm, wet and dry weather meant variety in the types of snakes showing up in the Brisbane area.
Customers often ask if Carpet Pythons bite. The simple answer is that any snake can bite. That being said Carpet Pythons they are generally pretty relaxed around people and that's why you often see snake catchers handling these snakes. This month I was nearly caught out when a python took up residence in a shed in a Brisbane suburb. I was surprised when the snake that looked asleep lashed out. Lucky for me I was able to scoop him into the bag and take him back to the bush. Surprisingly he had another shot at me when I was releasing him and I was lucky to catch it on camera, even if a little blurry.
Another interesting call out was to a garage near Dayboro, a country town to the north of Brisbane. Just outside of Dayboro was this modern house with a full shed. After an hour searching for what was likely to be an Eastern Brown I discovered there was a couple of holes where he could have escaped back into the wild. As you can see in the misty photo it's definately not the weather you can imagine a snake enjoying.
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Snakes, possums, less possums...
Customer: "I could hear a possum in my roof and then there was a strange noise and now I can't hear the possum, could I have a snake?"
Me: "Uh hu!"
A common snake in the Brisbane area is the Coastal Carpet Python. During Autumn, Spring and Winter they enjoy ceilings as they are a warm and safe place to hide. If should a meal wander in then it's as good as room service. The good news is you no longer have an issue with rats or possums. A snake in the ceiling can sometimes make a soft sliding noise.
Customer: "Should I be worried about it?"
Typically they are not much to worry about. When they get very large you may want to move them on as they can make a bit of a mess. If they are big enough they can damage the insulation that is against the tiles or metal sheets. The strongest ones can sometimes move tiles. The good thing is it saves you from having to put toxic bait around.
Green Tree Snakes are often seen in ceilings too. Green Tree Snakes are nothing to be worried about and will make their own way out when they are good and ready.
As always stay safe and should you need a snake removed please call your local snake catcher. For Brisbane's CBD and North Brisbane Brisbane North Snake Catcher and for Brisbane's south side Brisbane Side Snake Catcher
Another month of variety
Feb really threw out some interesting calls. One caller had a Burtons Legless lizard, another had an Eastern Brown in a shopping bag and there was even a practical joke gone bad! A Black Headed Python, which is not native to the area, was spotted near the highway near North Lakes. Being an escaped pet I was eager to catch it however the caller had lost sight of it by the time I was there.
I had a call regarding an Eastern Brown, shown in the image to the right. The caller was very casual as he described how he had freed it from bird netting and placed it in a shopping back. Whilst the caller knew they were dangerous he was unaware just how dangerous. When it was released it had recovered from it's exhausting encounter with the bird netting and came out of the bag with a new lease on life. The caller, who witnessed the release, proceeded to climb onto my car! It's wonderful to meet those who truly care for our wildlife however I would strongly recommend only licensed and experienced snake catchers should rescue and release such potentially dangerous creatures.
The practical joke gone wrong was described as a monster python hiding under a bead but turned out to be a trendy pair of pants. No, the pants weren't real snake skin. This surely beats hiding a toy toad behind the loo!
The big the bad the unusual
January again had a great deal of variation. An Eastern Brown was relocated from Hendra, a number of Yellow Face Whip Snakes spotted in Brisbane's northern suburbs. A Marsh Snake was relocated from the North Lakes area. These are one of the less common species we encounter. This particular snake was very dark and at a glance could have easily been mistaken for other species.
Customer question: "Do snakes like the rain?" Well it's an interesting question that unfortunately lumps all snakes back in the same group. Some species, like Carpet Pythons don't seem to mind too much. They seem to be at their most active after rain. Some snakes, like the Red Bellied and the Keelback, love a wet habitat as they feed on frogs etc. The Keelback can even eat small toads.
January, being a summer month, is typically a month of high snake activity. As always keep an eye out for them and if you have one hanging around, or stuck in your house, please call one of our snake catchers. Keep an eye on it from a safe distance so we know where to look when we get there.
A month of surprises
Quite a variation in December. From Legless Lizards to Green Tree Snakes to pythons and back to the lizards. In houses, under houses, in sheds and in barbeques.
Customer question(same as last months): "Have you ever been bitten by a snake?" Yes, no longer a perfect record! :) I was bitten by a Green Tree Snake when I was removing him from a roller door. At first he bit by phone, which I was using as a torch, and then bit my thumb. The bite was insignificant however got a few screems from onlookers. I have had worse papercuts!
Had another customer send in a photo for identification. It turned out to be a Brown Tree Snake. This species is venomous however only mildly. The Queensland museum lists it as still potentially dangerous as there have been cases of serious reaction to bites overseas so always best to assume the worst, apply first aid and seek medical help.
Again there were reports of pets going missing, particularly at night. Remember that pets should be secure at night in particular smaller pets such as cats and birds.
Temps warming up and a splash of rain means they are out to play!
November is breeding season for Coastal Carpet Pythons and therefore they were out and about. A number of them were removed from homes in the suburbs of Brisbane. A memorable one is from a retirement village. There wasn't many hiding spaces so this one took refuge in a pot. The lovely old lady was rather calm about the situation however decided it would be much less stressful on her verandah if her visitor could be relocated.
Customer question: "Have you ever been bitten by a snake?" Nope, I have a perfect record! :) They always seem to ask this just before I try to catch one.
Another customer made use of our free identification service and sent us this pic of a Yellow Face Whip Snake shown below. This beautiful specimen has an amazing orange colour down it's back. These are mildly venomous so are best treated with caution.
We are truely lucky in South East Queensland really does have some remarkable wildlife!
Red Bellies in Redcliffe, Carpets in Kelvin Grove
The rain returned in October and it was an interesting month!
A Red Belly Black Snake was removed from a house in Redcliffe, 40klm north of Brisbane. The full size adult snake was spotted slithering into the house and it took shelter behind the TV. It was a little cranky and difficult to catch due to the cables it was hiding in. Redcliffe has wetlands and nature reserves to the south west which are ideal for the Red Belly Black. Whilst typically peaceful when left alone they are happy to fight when cornered or captured. This big fella was definitely no exception!
A huge Eastern Brown Snake was also removed from a location in Joyner, near Cashmere to the north of Brisbane. Initially located in a utilities room it escaped into another section of the building and was captured a short time later. A beautiful healthy specimen with lots of attitude. They Eastern Brown continues to impress me with their speed and aggression when cornered. They all seem to want to escape, or be left alone. When cornered they definitely know how to defend themselves. There was a bit of a struggle, exquipment was bitten and all bought under control a short time later. He was affectionately known as "Mr Cranky" and even bit the equipment again when he was being released. He then stood his ground as I walked backwards keeping a close eye on him.
A Coastal Carpet Python was removed from a stair well of an accommodation building in Kelvin Grove! This building was only a couple of klm from the Brisbane CBD. This just further shows that snakes are found everywhere in Queensland's south east! Whilst a little vocal the snake was happy to be back in the bush.
November is warming up and with that the snakes will be out and about. We should also see an increase of juvenile snakes as they hatch.
Customer question: "Now that I have seen one snake does that mean there are more?" Well I guess it does inticate they are in the area. It doesn't however mean that you should race out and put up the for sale sign or buy a thousand dollars of solar repellers, which may not even work. My advice would be to try to safely get a photo of the snake for identification. A clear photo from a quality camera is generally all that is needed and we can then identify and offer advice. If it's one of the many safe snakes then you may wish to leave it or even give it a name as a local resident. If it's a venomous snake in a risky area then u may wish to have it moved on.
A tasty possum for dinner!
As always if you see a snake on your property and need it removed please call a licensed snake catcher. A list of catchers across the country can be found on this site.
The rain and warmth came & so did the snakes!
It's spring and the breeding season is cranking up with a number of calls regarding noises in the ceiling. Often before Carpet Pythons mate there is combat between males. The combat is often mistaken for the act of mating and create alot of noise! The fighting involves the snakes twisting around each other and trying to push the other down, as shown in the June/July post.
Other snakes are active too with an Eastern Brown in a northern suburb of Brisbane shown in the photo below! This snake was was spotted close to the house however it escaped into a field. The field, part of an expanse of farming area, is an ideal habitat for the Eastern Brown. The specimen in the photo was the largest Eastern Brown Snake I have ever seen! It was in beautiful condition and lightning fast!
As for the pythons, soon the pythons will be laying eggs in all sorts of warm places! These places often include compost and gardens. The mother snake will keep the eggs warm until they hatch. It's impressive to see the mother snake taking such good care of her eggs. We encourage home owners to leave the snakes alone if possible to tend to their eggs. Carpet pythons are excellent at keeping vermin numbers down and only typically pose a threat if you try to kill or catch them. Of course if they pose a threat to children or animals etc then please call a snake catcher to discuss your options or have the snake relocated.
A number of Brisbane's inner city suburbs have reported sightings already! Suburbs only minutes from the CBD including Hamilton, Paddington, Milton and Kelvin Grove have all had a number of sightings and incidents in recent times. On the south side of Brisbane there were a number of pythons encountered in Woollongabba, Coorparoo and Morningside. Most owners were content to know that the snake was just a Carpet Python and happy to let it proceed on its way.
It's warming up and it's dry!
The driest August on record in the Brisbane area and it's warming up.
Snake season is just about to start with a number of them already turning up in the wrong places. Most of them are just starting to enjoy the warmth of the sun and are not yet on the look for mates etc. I am pleased to hear that many residents are just after information and reassurance and aren't wanting them moved yet.
Recent bushfires in the Gap and Keperra flushed some out however it sounds like most were just passing through as they escaped the flames.
Customer question: "What does a python bite look like?". Pythons have plenty of teeth and kill their prey by constriction. As they have plenty of teeth their bites are often quite distinctive. This pic shows the damage inflicted by a carpet python. They can leave nasty infections.
Not only can a carpet python bite it can also hang on! Given they can defend themselves by constricting an aggressor they have a good ability to hang on to the bitten prey. Their curved teeth can pierce the skin and protrude back out. This being said however carpet pythons are typically relatively placid unless interfered with. This bite was sustained by a handler who was caught off guard. It took 10 minutes to detach the snake.
Unless you are absolutely sure it was a non venomous snake you should always assume a bite is from a venomous variety. If you scroll down you will see that a venomous snake often leaves very little noticeable trauma. Their venom needs the smallest hole in the skin to penetrate.
June & July 2012
It's cold and they are sleeping...
Being cold blooded animals snakes need warmth from their surroundings to allow them to perform basic functions. When it gets cold they like to find a warm place, curl up, and go to sleep. That being said never assume a snake is sleeping because even in winter they can wake and defend themselves.
Where do snakes go in winter? They are still around they are just inactive. They may be in an old compost bin, hidden in the shed or maybe even a roof or under some debris. They like curling up anywhere they think they will stay dry.
When do snakes become active? When is it snake season? Well, this is in the warmer months. In Queensland for instance it is likely spring through to autumn. Spring is snake breeding season and the pythons are particularly active. Combatant males will often be seen and heard. You will certainly know if you have combatant males int he roof! Often people mistake the male fighting as snakes mating. Surprising for some is there is generally a third female snake nearby!
Customer question: "What do I do if I have a carpet python in my roof?". Carpet pythons love roof cavities. They are warm, there is often comfy insulation to rest in and the odd mouse or rat to munch on. It is also dry and quiet. If a carpet snake takes residence in your ceiling cavity then typically it's really not much of a problem. Unfortunately there is little you can do to prevent this except keep the rats and mice population down and keep trees away from your roof and gutters. This makes it more difficult for the snakes to climb in. Some suburbs have plenty of snakes, possibly several in every street.
Cooling down and into hiding they go!
As expected with the cooler weather there is a reduction in snake activity. During the colder months the rats and mice run free without the hungry snakes to keep them under control.
In the coming months it's a great idea to get the garden prepared for next season. Remember to keep it clear and tidy and free of hiding places for snakes. Trees and shrubs are typically fine however low lying ground cover with rocks etc is often bad. A number of elapids, or venomous snakes, love the low lying cover with the odd rock to bask on.
During the cooler months you will sometimes find carpet snakes basking in warm spots near roofs etc. This picture shows a carpet snake tucked up in a garage. This one had to be moved on simply because he was also enjoying the warmth of the car hood every now and then.
Customer question: "What are the most common snakes in Brisbane?". From my experience the most common snakes are carpet pythons and green tree snakes. Neither of these snakes are venomous. The carpet python can inflict a nasty bite whilst the green tree snake is mostly harmless. I believe they can still inflict a bite however I have never seen one. Other common snakes include the yellow face whip snake and the keelback. The yellow face whip snake is mildly venomous and in some way looks similar to a green tree snake. The keelback, or fresh water snake, is non venomous but us happy to bite. It is the only snake that can eat the poisonous cane toad, so they are a precious creature! They can be mistaken for venomous snakes as they look very similar to the rough scaled snake and a little like an eastern brown.
My advice to cat owners is to keep their cats indoors as much as possible. This way they are safe from snakes and other animals as well as protecting our wildlife from the damage they can do.
Baby snakes a plenty!
April had a few baby carpet pythons take residence in houses. One was happy to sit at the front entry whilst the other snuggled up on the lounge. You can see here that a juvenile carpet python is quite brown. Some people mistake them for other more harmful snakes and it's easy to see how! When unsure it's best to treat all snakes as venomous. This little fella was happy to be held before being released back into the wild!
Temps are starting to cool down however always be on the lookout when out in the yard. Even in winter snakes are still around!
Did anyone catch the snake special on channel 7? It's always great to see coverage of our amazing wildlife!
I recently had a customer ask "Can a carpet snake eat a cat?". Sadly the answer is yes! They have to be significantly larger than the one shown in the photo however carpet pythons can grow in excess of four meters! In my experience most carpet pythons however are between one and a half and three meters however I have been to a few larger ones who have eaten large possums and even the family cat.
My advice to cat owners is to keep their cats indoors as much as possible. This way they are safe from snakes and other animals as well as protecting our wildlife from the damage they can do.
In the pantry and in the loo...what do you do?
March had a number of interesting snake calls including a large carpet snake hiding at the bottom of a pantry in a suburb north of Brisbane. The owners thought they had a burglar in the house as a number of items were knocked off the kitchen bench and smashed. It was also evident that the dog food was being eaten by something that was subsequently eaten by the snake. The resident dog looked a little stressed however I am sure he would have settled down once the visitor had been removed. To avoid snakes being attracted to your house always ensure pet food is kept in air tight containers.
Another surprise for march was this Green Tree Snake in the cistern of a toilet. This little fella is harmless however gave the resident a nice little surprise when tending to a call of nature.
Snakes in Brisbane and the burbs!
A few memorable snakes already this month. The most unique location would have to be Brisbane Riverside Ferry Terminal in the Brisbane CBD! A fellow catcher also removed one from Post Office Square so whilst I thought I had the most central snake it looks like I was beaten by a nose! That being said I haven't seen pics so the jury is still out.
This really does answer the question "Are snakes found throughout Brisbane?" with a definate YES. This little fella couldn't understand the fuss and was a little upset to loose his water and city views close to transport.
Hot hot hot and snakes a plenty!
It's a busy start to the year! Snakes are out and about with the warm days meaning they are fast little critters. Baby pythons are starting to show up as the end of the breeding season approaches. Other species are out and about too. Remember just because a snake is small doesn't mean it can't inflict a lethal bite. Whilst many small snakes are non venomous it's always safer to assume it's a venomous species unless you are sure otherwise. Remember you can always take a pic and send it to us for identification for FREE! Always be sure to keep a safe distance whilst taking a photograph.
Not surprisingly the combination of breeding season and warmer temperatures have resulted in the pythons & tree snakes being unusually defensive. Whilst they are none venomous they are showing they are more than interested to bite. That being said like any snake if they are left alone they are more than happy to find a comfy spot and chill.
December 2011 - A cool start, extensive rain and then the snakes came out!
It was a cool start to summer in Queensland however that has all changed. It's still breeding season for a number of snakes including the Coastal Carpet Python so the warmth would be very welcome.
The phone has been ringing off the hook with with calls as snake activity increases. It's a timely reminder to keep cats inside and dogs under control. Vets have reported an increase in snake incidents a number of which have been fatal. Remember it's a dog's natural instinct to take on a snake just as much as it's the snake's instinct to defend itself. It is our jobs as pet owners and animal lovers to do our best to avoid the encounters.
Memorable calls this month include several from the Queensland Ambulance Service regarding snake incidents/snake bites. A resident from Ashgrove, a suburb not far from Brisbane, was bitten by a Coastal Carpet Python as he went to do the washing. Not being able to identify the snake the resident did the correct thing and called 000. News crews were on the scene as the snake was captured and confirmed to be a non venomous Coastal Carpet Python. They crew were relieved to receive the news.
As you go on holidays it's a great time to check the first aid and to brush up on your skills. Also it's advisable to do a little research on the snakes you may encounter in your chosen holiday area. Remember prevention is better than cure so if you can avoid the snake contact both you and the snake have a great holiday season!
Most of our snake catchers are available over the holiday season so please feel free to call us should you require a snake removal professional.
Stay safe and enjoy Christmas!
Snake activity has increased and with it an increased number of bites. The following incident occured at Eaton's Hill on the evening of the 19th of December.
During a family outing a 15yo male was bitten on the leg by a venomous snake. Eatons Hill, just North of Albany Creek is bordered by both South Pine River and old farming land. After an outing to the Eatons Hill Hotel the victim went for a walk near the local golf course. This is where the incident occured however the vitcim was unsure he had been bitten until he moved out into an area of sufficient lighting.
Whilst tests were inconclusive as to the species involved it was likely to be either an Eastern Brown Snake or a Red Bellied Black snake. The victim did the right thing and had a pressure immobilisation bandage applied and was taken to hospital whilst avoiding unnecessary movement. The victim spent about 18 hours in hospital under the close observation of hospital staff. He reported a tingling sensation in his leg due to the venom breaking down some tissue. The following day he reported a degree of pain however is expected to make a full recovery.
This incidents points out the fact that venomous snakes are present in even populated suburbs. It also points out that if the correct procedure is followed after a bite the consequences can be significantly reduced!
Two for the price of one!
Another snake call pointed out an interesting safety precaution for me as well as other snake catchers. 'When catching a snake look out for other snakes!'.
After catching the Red Bellied Black Snake shown in the picture I noticed the eastern brown as shown laying in crass only 2 - 3 meters away. Typically these snakes avoid contact as the Red Belly is known to eat other snakes. Both of these snakes are highly venomous. The Red Belly bit my catching equipment leaving it dripping with venom.
November 2011 - A snake bite fatality near Warwick
Sadly a 43yo mother, Ms Narelle Pails, died from a snake bite on Wednesday 4th of November. Reports indicate she was bitten by what could be an Eastern Brown and died only a couple of hours later. Reports also suggest that the bite was into the blood stream and not the muscle tissue which allowed it to travel rapidly around the victim's body. Unfortunately the victim appears to have suffered cardiac arrest and died whilst being treated.
Venomous snakes are throughout Australia. The Eastern Brown inhabits the east coast of Australia and is often relocated from inner city suburbs of Brisbane. It is a snake that will defend itself aggressively and, as shown, possesses extremely toxic venom. It is dangerous and illegal to try to kill any snake and therefore we urge you to contact a local licensed snake catcher.
When out and about make sure you stay aware of this often hidden danger. If you or anyone else is bitten by a snake try to stay calm, call triple zero and apply a pressure immobilisation bandage. Your effective reaction is the victim's best chance of survival and a full recovery.
Our thoughts are with the Pails family and those who knew Ms Pails.
October 2011 - Mating season and they are out and about.
Mating season has arrived for a number of snake species. Home owners are being kept awake by noises in the roof that sometimes carry on for hours. One customer had a number of Carpet Pythons removed from her roof because they were damaging the insulation and keeping her awake. They even knocked in a few down lights.
The highlight this month was a large Red Bellied Black removed from the grounds of a daycare. The snake in question was rather unhappy to be caught and put on a bit of a show. A truly spectacular animal as well as highly venomous!
Remember, wear boots, long loose pants and gloves when in the garden to give at least some level of protection.
Know your first aid for snake bites and as always stay safe!
September 2011 - Spring has sprung, the temperature is up and the snakes are on the move.
Spring is here and the temperatures are warming up. It's a great time to snake proof your chicken coups, guinea pigs cages and bird aviaries. Try feeding pets first thing in the morning to allow the food to be eaten throughout the day. Remove excess food during the night as this in turn reduces the activity of vermin. Also make sure the pet food is in a secure container. Less vermin = less chance of snakes.
There has already been an increase in snake activity in Brisbane and South East Queensland. A number of calls have also come through the Gold Coast. Rockhampton is also starting to show signs of activity.
Spring clean the yard to wearing all the right safety gear and get ready for summer.
August 2011 - An awesome Eastern Brown Snake & a few pythons!
An awesome Eastern Brown snake swam onto the beach at Nudgee Beach just north of Brisbane. The full size fatty was in great condition and displayed the typical defensive strikes that Eastern Brown snakes are renown for! That being said he was a little tired after his swim so he was an easy catch. A holiday maker kept an eye on the snake making it easy to find and catch it. Definately not a snake that should be near a childs playground. The Eastern Brown snake is considered the second most venomous land snake in the world. It is also definately one of the more agressive.
A number of callers had Carpet Pythons visit after the rain. Most callers were more than happy to leave them once they had been confirmed to be non venomous. A number of customers sent some great pics of their magical visitors.
The unseasonal rain in Brisbane late in August has increased vermin activity. This activity combined with the increasing temperatures can only mean an increase in snake activity. If you have a resident Carpet Python consider yourself lucky. They are great pest controllers because they don't charge, they don't use dangerous chemicals and they happily work after hours. They are also great at keeping possums off the roof and bats out of the trees. If however you resident decides to check out the inside of your house or stalk your pets please feel free to give your local snake removal specialist a call.
Enjoy the beautiful wildlife and stay safe!
July 2011 - A bit of a quiet month!
July was relatively quiet as expected. The list of snake catcher grew as licensed catchers throughout Australia signed on. The southern states still had activity with Tiger Snakes and other venomous snakes. A few Carpet Snakes were discovered in sheds and roofs.
The Cairns snake catchers had a number of call outs to remove scrub pythons. The beauty of Cairns is it's always hot up there and the snakes are found all year round. The scrub pythons can be rather huge so make sure you keep your cats and little dogs inside or in a snake proof enclosure.
Make sure you take care when burning off the wood pile during winter. Dangerous snakes are often encountered in debris and wood piles. The wood creates an ideal habitat with shelter and food. My advice would be to wear long pants, strong work boots and gloves when taking wood from the pile. As always have a first aid kit with large compression bandages and brush up on your first aid techniques.
As always thanks again and stay safe!
June 2011 - They really should be sleeping!
June was another interesting month. It was quiet as expected however there were a few stand out moments. There were several occasions where customers called for removal however after advice on how to minimise risk they were more than happy to have their new scaled friends hang around in their yard.
I received my first call from a hospital emergency department. They requested assistance in identifying a snake that had bitten a lady on the foot whilst gardening in an inner suburb of Brisbane. Luckily the snake was easy to identify as a Brown Tree Snake. Whilst they are venomous they are not regarded as particularly dangerous to a full grown adult. It was great to be able to help out.
Thanks again and stay safe!
May 2011 - Looking for a warm spot to sleep.
May was an interesting month. A few snakes had made their way inside to avoid the cold. One, a Green Tree Snake common to Brisbane,was under a fridge. Whilst i attended twice I never managed to capture the snake. A few days later it appeared and the owners noticed it near a door in the laundry and managed to coax it outside. They were clever and careful in sending a photo of it to me before they got closer to it. I was able to identify it and they were happy to let it out and have it live near the house. Its great to see people enjoying snakes when they are assured they are non venomous.
Another customer had a medium size carpet snake, also very common in Brisbane, in a tree near their chicken coup. It was sunning itself in the upper section of the tree so was not able to be caught. The customer realised that given the size of the snake it was unlikely to take his larger chickens so was more than happy for it to hang around and deal with his mice and rat problem. The chicken coup looked to be snake proof so as long as the chickens where away at night he was confident they were relatively safe. Now, that is the coolest vermin control system I have seen! :)
June should be quiet. That being said make sure you are careful if you are cleaning out the shed or moving debris from the ground. Sleeping snakes want to stay asleep and, like you and I, can be grumpy if woken early!
Thanks again and stay safe!
April 2011 - A mixed bag.
Again a number of species were encountered in April. Fresh water snake in a pool at Eaton's Hill, a northern suburb of Brisbane, and a number of green tree snakes and pythons in and around houses. Received a call for a Red Belly Black in Albany Creek however he was no where to be found.
As the months cool the snakes should become few and far between.
As always thanks again and stay safe!