To Identify a snake based off of its colour alone can be extremely inconsistent as all species of snakes can vary vastly in colour. To get an accurate identification you need to look at the physical characteristics of the snake, types of scales it has, The size of those scales and the number of those scales.
Not all brown coloured snakes are eastern browns and not all eastern browns are brown in colour. All snake species can vary vastly in colour.
Don’t panic, snakes are shy creatures that will often run if given the chance. Most snakes are just passing through so if you encounter a snake, stand still or slowly step away to a safe distance (3 – 4 metres).
If it’s located in or around your home, keep your eyes on it at all times and call your local snake catcher. (If possible, take a photo if safe to do so, it makes our job easier if we know what species of snake we are dealing with.)
Never attempt to handle or engage with an injured Snake as they can become extremely defensive and unpredictable depending on the level of injury. Call your local snake catcher and they will come and collect the snake. All sick or injured snakes are taken to a licensed veterinarian or the team at the Australia zoo, wildlife hospital where they are medical assessment and treated.
All snakes have the potential to bite, but will usually only do so as a last resort when they feel threatened or are being harassed.
Snakes very vastly in color, patterns and size. Due to this, they can often be mistaken for other spices. For your safety, never assume its non-venomous or safe to handle. Leave it to the professionals.
Snakes are not a territorial animal. They do have a “home range” in which they tend to stay in, but do not actively patrol or defend. They will only stay within this “home range” if the habitat is suitable to live in and provides all necessary elements like shelter, water and a good source of food.
Whether you’re out in the bush on your next adventure or plotting around in the garden, it’s important to be prepared for the worse case scenarios. Australia is home to some of the most Venomous snakes in the world so it’s a good idea to Have your snake bite first aid kit or pressure bandages on you or nearby. Having the Emergency plus app downloaded on your phone can help emergency services find your exact location if you need them.