Snake Identification for all Australian Snakes
The correct identification of snakes, although not difficult, is often cause of much discussion and conjecture when applied by the lay person. Experienced ecologists or reputable snake enthusiasts should at a glance be capable of identifying all species of snakes with the vast majority supporting distinguishing features which separate them from species of similar colour or general morphology.
At Wildlife Qld we have provided general information designed to give you some useful tools to establish the identification of snakes you may encounter. We provide identification for snakes of south east Queensland as well as for the commonly encountered snakes of suburban Brisbane. Further regions and major cities will be added to this in the coming months.
Additionally a free service is provided where you can send in a photograph for identification by our specialist team. As long as the image is clear and discernible , we will provide you with an email response to put inform you of the species shown.
Visit our Snakes of South East Queensland page.
Snakes have a few basic needs such as food, water and somewhere to hide. They are normally very elusive, secretive animals and removing these basic needs will deter them from entering your yard.
1. Keep the gardens neat and under control. Having lots of long grass, lots of loose leaf litter in the garden beds etc will attracts snakes. It gives them plenty of places to hide and hunt for food.
2. Keep the yard clean. Don’t have piles of rubbish like old timber, pipes etc built up. Again, these are great places for snakes to hide and hunt for food.
3. Keep compost containers sealed/covered. Compost attracts all types of pests like rats and mice which, in turn, attract snakes.
4. If you have birds, make sure the cage is well maintained. Loose doors can allow a snake in which maybe hunting for your bird. Ensure the seed that may spill out is cleaned regularly as this attracts rats and mice who will attract snakes.
5. If you have guinea pigs, make sure the mesh is secure. Snakes can fit through surprisingly small holes. We often get calls for a snake that has taken a pet guinea pig but couldn’t fit back out the way it came in.