Snake Catcher Blog
Non-venomous doesn’t mean defenseless!
January 18, 2016

One of the most commonly encountered snakes in suburban Brisbane is the common tree snake (Dendrelaphis punctulata). This inoffensive, non-venomous snake is completely harmless to humans and for many is a welcome visitor to their backyards. Being harmless to humans however doesn’t mean it is completely without defences with the common tree snake (along with […]

A deadly Brisbane snake you haven’t met?
December 18, 2015

Rough-scaled Snake (Tropidechis carinatus)   The rough-scaled snake is a less common visitor to suburban Brisbane or Gold Coast backyards and a much lesser known snake for this reason. This is due mainly to the fact that rough-scaled snakes are infrequently found in disturbed areas away from their preferred habitats – rainforest, wet sclerophyll forest […]

Can snakes breathe during feeding?
December 11, 2015

Often snakes will feed on very large prey items many times bigger and wider than their heads and bodies. To facilitate this a snake’s bottom jaw is in two parts allowing it to effectively “walk” its jaw along the body of its prey until it has completely swallowed its meal. As impressive as this method […]

How Do Snakes Sense The World Around Them?
November 24, 2015

Humans tend to anthropomorphise other animals, thinking of their interactions, failings and abilities in a human context. While this can often make it easy for us to conceptualize complex ecological processes, it regularly fails us when considering highly adapted animals. Snakes are one such group. So what senses are important for snakes and how do […]

How do snakes feed?
November 24, 2015

Being limbless offers snakes a number of advantages but ease of feeding is not one of them! A snakes body plan just doesn’t equip them with the necessary tools to effectively tear prey items into manageable sized pieces. They are however amazingly adapted for the consumption of whole, large prey items that basic physics should […]

Envenomation rates for brisbane snakes
November 24, 2015

At the mention of snakes many people envision a mindless killing machine hell bent on biting them for the mere sake of it! This couldn’t be further from the truth. Snakes are incredibly secretive animals that avoid humans at all costs and will only bite when they are threatened and feel they have no other […]

Venomous vs. poisonous… What’s the difference?
November 24, 2015

One of the most frequent questions I receive as a snake catcher is “is this snake poisonous”. Well, in Australia at least, the answer is always NO.. Australia has a large number of venomous snakes (140 including seasnakes actually) but a total of 0 poisonous ones. It does however have poisonous animals, the cane toad […]

I want a pet snake in QLD!
November 24, 2015

It may surprise you to learn that for a lot of people a snake actually makes the perfect pet! They take very little of your time – requiring only to be feed approximately once per week (depending on the snake and age class), regular topping up of a water bowl and a once or twice […]