Eastern Brown Snake in the Heart of Brisbane/Australia
Updated: Nov 16, 2018
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We were recently called out to a job in the Brisbane CBD, where the customer had already caught the snake, as they were pretty sure they were just dealing with a harmless Common Tree Snake.
When our snake catcher arrived and opened up the bag to find this, he was horrified to say the least!
It was actually a decent sized, highly venomous, Eastern Brown Snake that the customer had managed to wrangle into a bag. He was very lucky to have gotten away with it unscathed.
The Eastern Brown Snake varies widely in colour from light tan to almost black. The belly ranges from cream to orange with darker orange blotches. To add confusion, hatchlings may have a darker head and neck band or can have dark cross-bands along their entire length. These patterns gradually disappear with age. The Eastern Brown snake occurs in a variety of habitats ranging from grassland through to eucalypt forests. It is distributed throughout all but the western parts of Queensland. Active during the day, the eastern Brown Snake feeds on frogs, birds, mammals and reptiles. If provoked, the snake will rear up and adopt an S-shape strike posture, and will strike if cornered. It is uncommon in the settled areas of Brisbane but occasional sightings do occur. More commonly it is found in bushland and rural areas of the greater Brisbane area. The Eastern Brown Snake grows to an average length of 1.5m.
For more information about the Eastern Brown https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_brown_snake
Most people would make the assumption that snakes aren't present in the CBD, when in fact, we do turn up to a variety of species. From harmless Common Tree Snakes and Carpet Pythons to highly venomous species like Red-bellied Black Snakes. This, however, is the very first Eastern Brown Snake that we have caught in the CBD.
This type of scenario is the exact reason why it is so important to seek professional services or at least the advice of an expert. We at www.snakecatchers.com.au are happy to identify snakes at any time, call or message us, please check for details below.