Snake season is upon us again, if you were to Google ‘snake season’ and select the results for the past month, you’ll find there’s lots of talk about snakes in Australia at the moment.
As you can probably see from the snapshot above, there is talk about Surfers Paradise, that’s the famous beach on the Gold Coast, being apparently infested with brown snakes. Before we look at the rest of these headlines, let me try and clear that one up, a bit.
Brown snakes are not going to the beach at Surfers and slithering up and down on the golden sand looking for trouble with humans. Snakes are about though, but they like to stay hidden, they are very timid creatures. So they hang out in the little grassy bit between the beach and the roads.
This is Broadbeach, the next beach along from Surfers Paradise.
It’s a good idea to stick to these paths to get to the beach, taking any shortcut through the bush is not a good idea. In my view though, to say the beaches are infested with brown snakes is an exaggeration. But using the word ‘infested’ does make for a better news item.
What other headlines did we find in our search?
There are also claims of larger numbers of snakes in Tasmania, a similar story about Melbourne’s west and the Daily Telegraph is suggesting that more snakes are slithering into our houses.
I had a snake come into my house some while ago, I’m pretty sure I identified him. Here’s what he looked like…
You can see the full length video about that little adventure by reading my post called What Happens When a Snake Enters Your House?
I identified it as a green tree snake, a harmless non-venomous and very common snake in Australia.
But was I right?
I’ve been here for eight years now, do you think I can identify what kind of snake is the snake that might have snuck up on me sneakily?
My neighbour phoned me the other day, she said as her son was putting the rubbish out he saw a snake slither into my back garden. She said her son described the snake as ‘black and yellow’; there are no typically black and yellow snakes in these parts that I know of.
But a snake with a dark olive colour on top, or any darkish colour on top, and a yellow belly would once again be one of those harmless green tree snakes, or common tree snakes as they are also known. Maybe I’m just an eternal optimist and always like to think snakes that enter my garden (or house) are harmless green tree snakes. But once again, you have to ask the question, was I right?
Snake identification isn’t very easy.
This is a great post that was on Facebook, and I thank Mrs Bob for sending this one to me, that I want to share with you here…
“It can’t be an eastern brown, can it? It’s silver!”
Apparently it can.
My snake sightings
In September 2013 I wrote a post called The Australian Snake Season Part 2: Avoiding Snake Encounters and in it I listed all of my snake sightings since I’ve lived here. Here we are, two years later, and I can’t remember seeing any additional snakes since.
They are around though, that’s for sure, so it pays to be alert. You should also know what you need to do in the case of an emergency. For information about snake first-aid, see my post Snake Bite Dangers in Australia: What To do.