Snake Catcher Blog
Brisbane Snake Catcher Update For January
February 4, 2016

The Brisbane region has been delivering hot humid weather throughout January resulting in large numbers of snake sightings and a continuation in the high volume of callouts experienced by our snake catchers throughout December.   Carpet pythons and tree snakes continue to be the most common culprits – turning up everywhere from back yards to […]

Hibernation? Nope, Brumation!
November 24, 2015

With snakes beginning to move around due to the increased temperatures many people ask me questions regarding snake hibernation and are astonished when I explain that snakes don’t actually hibernate. Hibernation refers to the way warm-blooded animals over-winter by slowing their physiological processes, entering an unconscious state and burning fat reserves to maintain organs and […]

How does digestion work in snakes?
November 24, 2015

Snakes can fast for a number of months after consuming a large meal. Recent research looking at physiological effects of feeding in Indian Pythons (Python molorus) shows the snakes organs undergo substantial changes that remain for the entire digestive process – in this case up to 8 days. These included up to a 30% increase […]

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 […]

Venom… what is it good for?
November 24, 2015

We all know of the numerous nasty effects of venom when introduced to the human cardiovascular system but many of us aren’t aware that there are a number of positive uses also… Below I outline some for your viewing pleasure; – The venom of the infamous Australian elapids the Eastern Brown snake and the Coastal […]

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 […]