The warm Summer weather and the rain has brought the snakes out to enjoy the sunshine too. Yesterday I sat in my favorite outside cane chair and read a book in the sunshine. Then I stood up to walk inside, and there was a snake under the chair, He crawled to the end of the verandah and eyeballed me. I went inside to get the camera and when I returned he was gone. I walked to the back door and there he was on the edge. He had climbed down the verandah and up the back steps. I carefully took a couple of photos but his head was behind the flower pot, and then he was gone.
Twenty-seven species of terrestrial snake are found in the Brisbane area. The combination of native habitat and the introduction of exotic animals have influenced the distribution of some species of snake. Some snakes can be found in suburban backyards and even in the city centre. The most commonly encountered species are the carpet python, common tree snake, keelback, yellow-faced whip snake, white-crowned snake and eastern small-eyed snake.
… a number of venomous snakes are found in and around Brisbane, including the coastal taipan, tiger snake, death adder, rough-scaled snake and eastern brown snake. Of these snakes only the eastern brown snake is regularly found in Brisbane’s suburbs.
Eastern brown snake Pseudonaja textilis
Warning: Highly venomous
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 bite if cornered or provoked. 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.
How to Keep Snakes Away from your home
- Remove shelter like piles of rubble, building materials and rock walls;
- Keep grass short;
- Create a clearing around the house;
- Plant native trees that attract snake-eating birds like kookaburras;
- Get rid of rodents;
- Remove water sources like ponds and bromeliads
If you notice snakes are residing in your yard or around your home, the last thing you want is for them to enter it …tips for getting rid of snakes once they take up residence in or around your home.
- Sprinkle oils: Some essential oils deter snakes because they don’t like the smell. Examples include cinnamon, clove, and eugenol.
- Use DIY repellents: Repel snakes using DIY solutions including ammonia, human hair, and vinegar.
- Use non-lethal traps: Set non-lethal traps out to catch snakes so that you can catch them humanely and release them in a new location far from your home.
- Use repelling plants: Snakes don’t like the smell of particular plants, including garlic, lemongrass, and marigold and geraniums. Bonus: Some of the plants that snakes don’t like also tend to repel insects.
- There are many scents snakes don’t like including smoke, cinnamon, cloves, onions, garlic, and lime. You can use oils or sprays containing these fragrances or grow plants featuring these scents.