(Pseudonaja textilis)Highly Venomous

The Eastern Brown Snake is a large, robust, highly venomous, diurnal snake species responsible for more human fatalities than any other snake in Australia. Its alert, yet highly responsive nature ensures that any form of intimidation or aggressive notion towards the snake will result in a spectacular defensive "s" shaped posture. Although this posture is elicited as a defensive response this species will bite if pressed and, as the second most toxic land snake in the world the result for humans or pets can be fatal. It is quick to flee if given the opportunity


Red-bellied-Black-snake-007(Pseudechis porphyriacus)  Highly Venomous

The Red-bellied Black Snake is generally regarded by most experienced snake catchers as a reclusive species with a quite disposition even when handled, with its apparently fearsome reputation well overstated.. However, when pressed it will inflate and flatten the body and neck in an effort to intimidate a perceived aggressor. It is highly venomous and bites from this species should be treated immediately and attended to with correct first aid.



(Morelia spilota sub sp. mcdowelli)  Non Venomous

The Coastal Carpet python is the single largest snake species encountered throughout the Brisbane and Ipswich regions. It is non venomous and represents one of two pythons species found in the south east corner. A bite from this species although non envenomating can still cause considerable damage to humans. Armed with 80 backward facing teeth a bite from a large Carpet Python has the capacity to cause substantial lacerations and punctures. In one instance a snake catcher arrived at a Brookfield home only to find a male resident who attempted to capture a 3 metre Carpet Python had been bitten on the hand and was bleeding profusely. The bite had severed a major artery in the back of the hand and caused severe lacerations. A lengthy microsurgery was required. The power of these snakes should not be underestimated and the damage large specimens can cause to pets or people should always be considered.



(Dendrelaphis punctulata) Non-Venomous

The Common Tree Snake or often referred to as the Green Tree Snake is comparable to the Coastal Carpet Python when considering its ability to take advantage of the suburban environment and the many feeding and refugial resources it provides. Non venomous, Inoffensive and biting very infrequently the Common Tree Snake is the "darling" of Brisbane snakes. It's defensive arsenal is restricted to emitting a strong odor from the cloaca if handled firmly and if any bite is delivered the small teeth are incapable of causing more than a slight break to the skin. It's defenceless composition sees it a common target of cats and dogs which in most cases sees the death of the snake.



(Demansia psammophis)  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 which may extend across a significant portion of the effected limb but more severe symptoms may be experienced. In all cases it is strongly advised that bites be treated with correct first aid and medical attention sought immediately.


Brown Tree snake(Boiga irregularis) Weakly Venomous
Other common names: Night Tiger, Dolls Eye Snake, Eastern Brown Tree Snake.

The Brown Tree Snake is generally an elusive species within suburban areas, that when provoked will present a spectacular defensive display. The forebody is raised off the ground in a classic ā€œSā€ posture and is often coupled with striking if intimidated. Conjecture surrounds the toxicity of this species with most reputable authorities regarding it as a minimal risk to all but young children or those with a marked anaphylaxis. As they are rear fanged envenomating bites are rare with medically significant bites very uncommon.



(Tropidonophis mairii)
Other common names: Freshwater Snake, Water Snake, Swamp Tiger.

Significance to Humans: Non-venomous
Reluctant to bite but will if handled firmly. Generally strikes with mouth closed. Emits a strong odor from the cloaca if handled firmly.


Golden Crowned Snake

(Cacophis squamulosus)
Other comm0n names: Crowned Snake.

Significance to Humans: Weakly Venomous
Possible Danger. All crowned snakes are reluctant biters. They will rear up in bluff display & may 'mock strike' with mouth closed. The Golden Crowned is the largest Crowned snake & will bite if highly provoked. As with any snake bite apply correct first aid and seek medical attention.


Marsh snake

(Hemiaspis signata)
Other common names: Black-bellied Swamp Snake, Swamp Snake and Grass Snake.

Significance to Humans: Mildly Venomous
Bites from this species have been known to cause severe local symptoms such as pain & swelling, with more general reactions such as headaches and nausea also recorded. All bites should still be treated immediately and attended to with correct first aid.


White Crowned

(Cacophis harriettae)
Other common names: Crowned Snake.

Significance to Humans: 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.