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Snake Removal

Call 0418303625 for 24/7 response to snakes in houses or for snakes outdoors, between 0600 and 2000.  Starting at $85, both venomous and non-venomous snakes can be safety removed where necessary.  Please note that if I am called out, a minimum charge of $85 applies even if the snake cannot be found.

There are many snakes in the Greater Brisbane area, both venomous and non-venomous.  Even many of the venomous varieties are relatively harmless to humans and animals, however identification can sometimes be difficult and colour is not generally a good method of identification.  For example, Eastern Brown Snakes, a highly venomous species, vary in colour greatly and can be anything from a light brown to almost black.  There are many other snakes which are brown in colour and are not Eastern Brown Snakes.  In addition, there are a number of varieties of completely harmless blind snakes and legless lizards which may also be brown.

Identification of snakes can be assisted by going to the Department of Environment Heritage Protection website here.

In regard to snake removal, Nick can give advice on snakes, their likely behaviour, danger and what risk they pose.  The highly venomous Eastern Brown Snake and Taipan are very shy and will generally avoid humans.  If sighted, it is often while they are traversing a property in search of food, a mate or shelter.  Other non-venomous snakes which may take up residence around or in a house may possibly be left, if the residents are happy to have them there, where they can control vermin or native animals.

Rat baits should be avoided where there is a possibility of snakes, as ingestion of poisoned rats or mice will kill a snake, as it will owls, other birds, native animals and domestic pets.

Some of the most common snakes found in the Greater Brisbane area include the non-venomous Coastal Carpet Python, Common or Green Tree Snake and the weakly venomous White Crowned Snake, the latter being nocturnal so not often seen.   

 

 The most common call-outs for snake removal in Brisbane tend to be for Coastal Carpet Pythons, such as the        one in a toilet, pictured to the  left.  They feed on  mice, rats, birds and possums primarily in the wild but also        opportunistically take domestic birds including chickens and  occasionally cats, small dogs and guinea pigs.  Coastal  Carpet Pythons live in a variety of locations around houses, including bushland, under  concrete and in  roof  spaces.  Often they will reside in the  same area for many years, as long as there is a fairly regular food supply and  they  feel safe.  Green Tree Snakes  account for another fair percentage of call-outs.  

 There is the risk of venomous snakes in most areas of Brisbane so, being aware that colour is not a good way to identify a snake,    if you are not 110% sure a snake  you have sighted is a non-venomous one, leave it alone and if it is in an area where it is likely to   cause a problem, call Nick on 0418303625 or one of the other  licenced snake catchers.
 

Be  aware that even a non-venomous snake can bite and a large Coastal Carpet Python can cause quite  a bit of damage as it has long, rearward facing teeth.  The 2m plus Coastal Carpet Python in the photo  right, was removed from a balcony in West End.  Judging by the bulge in its stomach, it was resting to  digest a recent large meal, probably a possum.

 Below left is a picture of an Eastern Brown Snake captured in Tennyson.  The homeowner did not realise what type of snake it was after he saw it sunning itself on his path. The snake headed off as soon as it  became aware of his presence but got itslef boxed in, so the the homeowner kept it contained with a long  broom, until I arrived a few minutes after his call.  Eastern Brown Snakes are the world's second most  venomous land snake and are extremely excitable and once they believe that they are in danger, will  strike quickly and repeatedly at anything which comes within reach.  Capturing them is not a job for  amateurs.  This one was released in a large bushland area, well away from human habitation, as was the one in the picture to the right,  of another Eastern Brown Snake caught inside a building.  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 Eastern Brown Snake captured at Tennyson

 

The pretty little Yellow-Faced Whipsnake below left, was removed from a pool at Greenbank.  All snakes like water, particularly when they are shedding their skin, as soakling in water helps remove the old skin. 

 

   

  A Yellow-faced Whipsnake removed from a pool in Greenbank  Eastern Brown Snake captured at Tennyson

 


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