With the dry hot weather conditions in and around Dalby, we have seen an increase in brown snake activity. Recently we were contacted by terrified customer who discovered a baby eastern brown snake that had slipped under the door of an office building – the lady got a huge surprise when she looked under her desk to see the snake hiding away.
Fortunately, we were able to safely relocate the snake and recommend ways to stop other snakes entering the office.
Eastern Brown Snake Characteristics
The species is widespread throughout eastern Australia, from northern Queensland to South Australia, with isolated population occurring in central and western Northern Territory. Eastern Brown Snakes can be found across a wide range of habitats (excluding rainforest and alpine regions), however they seem to prefer open landscapes such as woodlands, scrublands, and savannah grasslands. In arid inland areas they inhabit watercourses and swampy areas that receive at least some seasonal flooding. The species can be particularly abundant in rural areas that have been heavily modified for agricultural purposes, and is also frequently encountered on the suburban periphery of many large towns and cities. These snakes can grow to around 1.5 meters in length.
How to reduce snakes entering your property
- Inspect all outside entry points including doors ways, windows and other gaps in the construction. Seal these areas with a weather proof product or fit larger items such as timber or a door seal.
- Keep grass areas short.
- Keep out door rubbish bins sealed.
- Store children’s toys off the ground.
If you or a family member are bitten by a snake, commence first aid immediately and Call 000. The initial bite can often be painless, but it is important to seek medical assistance as quickly as possible.
If you believe you have a snake problem or you wish for further advice or assistance, please contact your local team for further advice.