What Happens When a Snake Enters Your House?

Update: A Warning

Do not try this at home!

I have had several people contact me, including born and bred Aussies and one or two snake experts, and on reflection what I do in this video is really stupid.

Many snakes in Australia are extremely dangerous and can kill, and snake identification isn’t straightforward, even for experts. I may have thought I identified the snake as you will see in the video, but I am not even close to being a snake expert.

I am closer to being an idiot.

I should have called a snake catcher and if you find yourself with a snake in your house, so should you.

So, on with the post now and if you came here from YouTube, you can continue watching the video below after reading the full story…

What Happens When a Snake Enters Your House?

And it’s six-foot long!

Well, here’s exactly what did happen. To me. Yesterday. In my house. Yes, BobinOz’s house. No, I’m not kidding.

Of course, being BobinOz, the first thing I did when I saw a snake in my house, was grab my video camera. Once I’d secured it on my tripod and was pointing it in the right direction, that’s when I started working on my plan of action. And you can see it all as the drama unfolds in this virtually un-edited video.

I say virtually, because in all I captured 19 minutes of video, that’s how long this drama lasted. But for you I’ve reduced it down to 12 minutes. Nothing much happened during the other 7 minutes, apart from me trying to think, which doesn’t make any sound and is not good video viewing. So that’s why I cut it out. Anyway, without further ado, meet……

BobinOz: The Snake Catcher!

Note: if the snake isn’t big enough for you, this video has been recorded in HD, so you can always go full screen. Also, do not click on either of the two annotations that pop-up early on in this video, they are for YouTube viewers only to bring them to this page; you are already here.

Here’s the video…

Well, snake catcher was a little bit of exaggeration, I never caught him. Maybe I can call myself a snake relocator.

Anyway, if you’re thinking of moving to Australia, or you’re already here, that video may have scared the pants off you. But there’s more to this story than you see here. So if you come back on Friday, maybe I can put your mind at rest. You will also be able to watch Snake in the House: The Video Analysis

Really, it’s not as bad as it seems.

Snake identification

For those who want to have a go at identifying this snake, here are a couple of images.

First, here is the snake all coiled up and hiding behind the cupboard, it was this photo that made me believe (rightly or wrongly, I still don’t really know) that it was a green tree snake…

snake indoors

Then there is this full-length image of a snake just after I’d forced it out from behind the cupboard. Please excuse the dirty floor, but it’s where I normally throw my garden boots. Here is the snake…

Snake indoors

Snake indoors

If you think you know what kind of snake this is, do let me know in the comments below.

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  • Brett July 3, 2015, 11:14 am |

    Yeah mate.

    His name is Draco and he’s a little Centralian, he usually lives in his confined domicile but he gets around 3 hours outside to hang out each day, the rest of the time he’s in his rock (a smaller section of his domicile that he goes to)… Except from when he is bakin… Can’t let him go loose or my cats will probably play a little too rough.

    You need to go through a simple snake care course and a background check to get the license but after that you can get any snake you want, I am a firm believer in the license and believe all pets should need similar requirements as it takes away chances of animal cruelty, and additionally only people bloody sure they want one get one.

    • BobinOz July 3, 2015, 9:48 pm |

      Well I Googled it, otherwise I wouldn’t have known, but I see a Centralian is a carpet python, I like those, nice snakes. And yes I suspect it is a good idea that people get licensed, make sure they know how to look after these things properly.

  • Brett July 2, 2015, 3:47 am |

    I had a Joe move in a couple of years ago, and I still have him… But I guess that doesn’t count as I helped him move in…. If you are living in Brisbane you might consider getting a license for a Joe Blake.

    • BobinOz July 2, 2015, 7:37 pm |

      Just to clear this up for some of my other readers Brett, Joe Blake = snake, a little bit of Aussie rhyming slang.

      So does your snake just slither around the house free as you like, or do you keep it in a confined environment? What sort of snake is it? And do you really need a license to keep one?

  • William April 16, 2015, 12:27 am |

    hahahaha I found it hilarious!!!! Poor old snake scared as hell!!

    • BobinOz April 16, 2015, 2:03 am |

      Yes, he probably was, bless him. All he had to do was slither out the door though, it was wide open.

      But no. That would have been too easy 🙂

  • ethan April 9, 2015, 3:26 am |

    I live in texas… that wasn’t a snake… wait till u see a rattle snake

    • BobinOz April 9, 2015, 5:29 pm |

      Well, it was a snake, just not a rattlesnake. I’ll be in Arizona later in the year, maybe I’ll go check out the bushes to see if I can find one.

  • Margaret March 24, 2015, 12:31 pm |

    Just watched the video but ended up calling 000 for Fire and Rescue to come. They are experienced snake catchers and although they didn’t find my snake which disappeared behind the dishwasher they were very friendly and helpful and you can call them anytime.

    • BobinOz March 24, 2015, 6:56 pm |

      Absolutely the right thing to do Margaret, call the experts and have them deal with it. I am seriously not trying to inspire people to grab their brooms and deal with it themselves, it’s way too dangerous to do that kind of thing in this country.

      People have their lost lives trying. I shouldn’t have done what I did either, hence the big warning at the top.

      Didn’t know you could just call 000 though, I thought you would need to call a dedicated snake capture. How’s the dishwasher?

  • Mike Jordana December 16, 2013, 4:47 pm |

    Hi BobinOz! Only just saw your Snake in the House video today. Very dramatic. The production values were a bit under par, heh heh, but considering you were playing Steve Irwin AND camera operator at the same time, I guess it was to be expected. But I especially would have liked to have seen the moment the snake actually slithered out the patio door.

    Anyway, you know those minutes you edited out because you said you were thinking? Had it been me, I would have doing some frantic research online, Googling “getting rid of snakes in house”. I did that today, and came up with a few ideas.

    One was cinnamon and clove oils in a spray bottle. Apparently, snakes hate strong odours. Another was mothballs, although I think if you crush a handful of them (assuming you have a mortar & pestle handy in the kitchen), they will release more of that smelly naphthalene or dicholorobenzene, when you throw a handful of the powder on the snake. Make sure to sweep up thoroughly after all the hue and cry is over–mothballs are not nice things for pets or small children to eat.

    Another thing I read asked whether perhaps snakes enter houses in search of prey. In other words, might you have a rodent problem? Although I think you speculated it might have been of a case of a snake that had just lost its home due to a neighbor having a tree taken down.

    Another suggested that if you’re going to live in or near the bush, you might want to take a snake handling course (http://www.snakehandlingcourses.com.au/).

    Or if you’re a DIY’er, you can invest in a set of snake tongs–I found a nifty 1.5-metre model on eBay for just around 44.65 AUD, plus some 28.00 AUD for shipping. Or you might find something cheaper and more local on Gumtree, perhaps. I think having a set of snake tongs would make me sleep better at night, knowing I can handle any snake that comes my way, short of a 5-metre python.


    Anyway, that was a funny video.

    • BobinOz December 17, 2013, 7:50 pm |

      Well, thank you for the tips Mike, you’re about to and a half years too late though 🙂

      Like yourself, I’m also disappointed that I didn’t manage to capture on film the moment when the snake departed, I really need to practice holding my snake broom in one hand and my camera (steady) in the other. Next time there’s a snake in my house I’m sure I will do a better job.

      Oh, what I would have given to have had a set of those snake tongs around, I think it would have been so much easier, but perhaps not quite as entertaining. I am tempted to buy a pair though, you never know when they might come in handy.

      Cheers, Bob

  • Layla Turner September 27, 2013, 1:20 pm |

    Only just watched this video – dude, this is HILARIOUS, (I made the mistake of watching it at work, I couldn’t express my laughter as much as I wanted!).
    It’s not the way you dealt with the snake – I thought that was brave and pretty impressive; I think it’s the pommy sense of humour that made me laugh so much 🙂
    The snake’s sheer determination that your lounge WAS going to be his next “new home”, was pretty funny too.
    Nice work! LOL

    • BobinOz September 27, 2013, 7:38 pm |

      Yes, I have to say it made me laugh when I first watched it, and I was there when it happened! What’s even funnier, and I found this out later, is that these snakes apparently let off a really pungent smell when they are in these situations, it’s another form of defence.

      What this snake didn’t know is that I am 100% anosmic, I have absolutely no sense of smell whatsoever 🙂 He was probably thinking “How can this dude put up with the stench?”

      I truly hope this snake has found a lovely new tree to live in, my lounge was never going to be an option.

      Thanks Layla!

  • greg wallis March 14, 2013, 2:12 pm |

    Hi Bob

    the snake is definately a Common Tree Snake otherwise known as a Green Tree Snake and is considered completely harmless.

    I’m the guy you posted with the brown snake “chasing” him!


    • BobinOz March 15, 2013, 1:26 pm |

      Hi Greg

      Yes, since posting this video I have had that confirmed from several sources, I was pretty sure at the time it was a Green Tree Snake, but I just wasn’t 100% sure. I was about 90% sure though, hence my ‘bravery’ 🙂

      I certainly don’t intend to play around with brown snakes, like you did!

      For any of you who haven’t seen that one, check out Getting Chased By An Eastern Brown Snake…



  • Dan August 30, 2012, 7:14 am |


    The kids and I were fascinated with the video.

    We probably would have closed the door and put the house on the market, rather than mess with a snake.

    I’d rather deal with the estate agents!

    • BobinOz August 31, 2012, 1:07 pm |

      I was quite fascinated by it all at the time, couldn’t take my eye of the snake. Can’t think why.

      • BelleFromOz March 10, 2016, 7:53 pm |

        I just found one heading towards the chook pen and it went an amazing turquoise blue colour and I couldn’t take my eye of the fascinating colour…it was mesmerizing but when I picked it up good god it smelt disgusting (probably a defence/protection thing). It wouldn’t have eaten or harmed the baby chickens (possibly) but I’ve lost 3 babies so far to most likely foxes or goannas and 1 duck to a 3 metre carpet python so I’m not taking any chances ;). I just picked him up and redirected him the opposite way back into the bush.

        • BobinOz March 11, 2016, 4:54 pm |

          You picked it up? You picked it up!!!

          Well, I’m pleased to hear you are still alive. I do know that green tree snakes, which can come in other colours, do give off a terrible smell when they are in defensive mode, so what you had there could have been some kind of green tree snake.

          Glad everyone survived though, including those chooks.

  • Kym June 14, 2012, 1:47 pm |

    Bob, I have seen lace monitors out towards Samford valley and around the Dam and up Mt Coot-tha. Come mid summer any well used picnic ground is a good place to look. That’s the most usual goanna you will see in Brisbane. If you travel out towards Miles In Summer, you can see sand goannas on the side of the road.
    Easier of course to go to Australia Zoo but nothing like seeing them in the wild.

    • BobinOz June 15, 2012, 6:57 pm |

      Thanks Kym, I think I will look for them at popular picnic areas around Samford and Mt Coot-tha, I also know that a picnic spot I’ve used a couple of times up Mt Nebo usually has a goanna, but I’ve never been lucky enough to see him.

      But Miles, I’d love to take a look around that way sometime, but it’s a fair old whack from here, isn’t it. Must be four or five hours drive.

  • Kym June 12, 2012, 5:22 pm |

    Bob, somewhere you had a picture of a mangled snake that I think you said their dogs had killed. Someone had ID’d it as a blue phase tree snake. I sent the picture on to a reputable herpetologist friend who said no, it was a young brown snake. I didn’t think it looked like a tree snake either which is why I sent it to him. He is a real ‘expert’ who has written for many science and herpetology journals and many years experience working with venomous snakes. I won’t mention his name because he is extremely well known in the professional community and he hasn’t given me permission to quote him.
    My husband and I have kept reptiles and insects for many years. Currently we have goanna’s, pythons and death adders. I have kept bird eater spiders, a few types of scorpions and centipedes, small goanna’s like acanthurus and orientalis etc, large skinks and goannas, dragons of various types and many geckos. Anyway, I have enjoyed your blog immensely. My son and his welsh wife are returning to Wales next year and my younger son is returning from England with his english girlfriend in August. I hope to visit Wales and England when grandchildren eventuate in due time. Kym

    • BobinOz June 14, 2012, 12:32 pm |

      Hi Kym

      Ah, yes, I found it. The picture is in the comments on a post called Australian Snakes and Death: Continued. You can access that same picture here: Unidentified Snake.

      Now, I’m not saying either you or your expert are wrong, but the other reader who identified it as a blue phase green tree snake also showed the picture to a reptile expert, so it appears we have a disagreement between two experts. Just shows how tricky snake identification can be sometimes.

      Sounds like you’ve got a zoo going on at your place. I’ve not yet seen a wild goanna around here, but I know we have them. I’m still looking. Thanks Kym!

  • Kayleigh Slack April 11, 2011, 4:58 am |

    Wow! Loved that video!

    I have had a snake in my home for almost 2 years now! Luckily it’s my baby boa Rocky 🙂 Not much wild snakes here in England.

    • BobinOz April 11, 2011, 11:40 pm |

      Bet Rocky doesn’t hide behind cupboards! Hey, I should call my one Grassy!

      • Vaher January 7, 2016, 11:04 pm |

        No, you should have named him Untreed. 🙂

        • BobinOz January 8, 2016, 10:01 pm |

          Crikey, you had me there for a bit, I didn’t get it. But now I do, and it is a very good name for a homeless green tree snake. 🙂

  • tereza April 4, 2011, 3:24 am |

    oh, BOB!!! We had a great time watching your video… We screamed, we shrieked, we laughed… (DH, me and 4 children) it was exciting and scary at the same time. Now, I am NOT going to Australia. 🙂

    thanks for sharing. 🙂

    My husband says cheers! He wondered how many beers you had after the episode with the snake! LOL

    • BobinOz April 4, 2011, 11:27 pm |

      I hope you ARE still coming to Australia, but I suspect you’re joking about that. The smiley face gives me a bit of a clue.

      I mentioned your comment in my post today called 10 reasons to move to Australia. I’ve had a few people wobble because of my snake video, that post makes everything OK again.


  • K. March 31, 2011, 11:51 pm |

    You’re such a brave lad!! Great video, you’re always right on the spot of action, allthough I hope I’ ll never find myself in your shoes someday!
    It’s the spiders that scare me off most of all ;-(
    Btw; we do have our Visa since 16 March, we are leaving Belgium in September to pass on springtime in Adelaide!!!! Yippijeeeeeee…

    • BobinOz April 3, 2011, 9:12 pm |

      Brave or stupid, I’m not sure.

      Congrats on the visa, hope you enjoy Adelaide, do let me know what you think.



  • BobinOz March 31, 2011, 12:47 pm |

    Hi Steve

    Sorry the video was uploaded much later than anticipated, almost 12 hours later, but that’s the fun of working on the Internet!

    I hope you enjoy it as much as the wasp video.



    • Steve March 31, 2011, 7:37 pm |

      That just goes to show that the snake was a lot more scared of you than you were of it! If it was any other snake though maybe a good idea to leave the room and call a snake catcher!? $50 or a nasty bite… (though it would have been worth the risk to clean your floor before he came!! Only kidding!!, my eyes were fixed on the snake!).

      Great video bob! Beats the wasp one hands down!

      • BobinOz April 3, 2011, 9:11 pm |

        Thanks Steve!

        Yes, I think it beats the wasp video. I was guessing at the price of a snake catcher, it may be more than that. But if it had been a brown, I’d have got straight on the phone, whatever the cost.



  • Steve March 31, 2011, 7:44 am |

    Wow! I couldn’t take my eyes off the wasp video you made I can’t wait to see this when it’s up!!

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