Get Rid of that Troublesome Snake (or lizard) Today!
Australia is home to the world’s ten most venomous land snakes!
Contrary to popular belief most snakes don’t live out in the bush. They live around the home and garden as this is where humans supply shelter and an abundance of food. A snake can’t tell the difference between a natural structure and a manmade structure. They like to hide in tight spaces to stay safe. Mostly, they will remain completely still trying to remain unnoticed. Snakes prey on many of the animals around the home including rodents, birds, frogs, lizards, fish, tadpoles, possums and bats. Unfortunately, some large pythons are capable of eating the family cat or even small dogs too! Most of the time it will be family pet approaching the snake and instigating the confrontation. Thankfully, snakes don’t prey upon children.
Most of the time snakes in Australia will live their lives with their activities going unnoticed. Snakes don’t go looking to hurt people, they are scared of us and want nothing to do with us. They can even benefit us by protecting our homes from rodent damage. Sometimes however, they need to be removed and relocated because of potential risk to people, pets and the snakes themselves.
The Brisbane area has Twenty-seven species of land snake. The Eastern Brown Snake (Common Brown Snake) is the world’s 2nd most venomous land snake and is regularly found in the suburbs of South-East Queensland.
Many of Brisbane’s snakes can be brown in colour including non-venomous snakes and legless lizards. The Eastern Brown snake itself has a wide variety of colours, stripes, speckles and spots. It can throw it’s body 2m in a split second. It can bite up to six times in One Second. It is responsible for the most snake-bite deaths in Australia. Most of these deaths were avoidable as 95% of bites occur when people illegally try to catch or kill the snakes themselves.
Our licensed snake-catchers are highly skilled professionals with many years of experience who are on-call for every snake emergency, 24/7. In addition to snake removal and relocation they can provide identification services, advice on reducing the risk of snakes around the home and workplace, assessments of snake hazards and snake entry points into buildings and comprehensive First-Aid information for snake-bite .
All snakes are wildlife protected by Federal Law. It is illegal to interfere with a snake unless licensed to do so. Heavy Penalties Apply. These laws are in place to protect people from themselves as well as the wildlife.
What to do when you see a snake…
If you see a snake within 3m of you then Freeze! Stand still like a statue. If you are still they don’t realize you are there and will ignore you. Try to remain calm and let it pass by.
If you see a snake further away than 3m then move very slowly away from it. Snakes feel threatened by sudden movement and may be provoked into defending themselves.
Moving slowly remove children and pets from the area.
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Keep an eye on the snake from a safe distance while you give us a call if it’s possible to do so. This is especially important when a snake is indoors. A snake lost inside a house is a nightmare situation. Usually a search won’t turn up the snake as they can hide inside furniture and household appliance as well as spaces that are physically inaccessible to people.
Photograph the snake from a safe distance if possible without scaring or disturbing it.
If it’s not possible to watch the snake then it may be confined to a room (if indoors) by stuffing towels firmly under the door.
Be extremely cautious around dead snakes. People have been envenomed from dead snakes. Sometimes the snake may appear dead when it’s actually alive.
- Apply a compression bandage immediately while keeping the patient calm and completely still. Don’t waste time and cause unnecessary movement by removing clothing. Bandage straight over clothing.
- Don’t wash the bite.
- Start the bandage below the bite, continuing over the bite and up the limb towards the trunk of the body. If there is enough bandage go back down again. The bandage should be as tight as you would apply it for a sprain. Leave fingers/toes visible so as to check for circulation. They should be pink in colour. If they are turning purple/blue then the bandage is too tight.
- Mark the bandage to show where the bite site is, using whatever you have at hand. Doing this means a hole can be cut in the bandage to swab the bite site instead of doctors having to remove the entire bandage.
- Call an Ambulance on 000.
- Take note of the time of the bite. Write it down if possible and keep the information handy for medical staff.
- Most bites occur on a limb.
- If bitten on an arm then bandage the arm with the elbow bent as this is the natural rest position for the arm. Use a sling if possible.
- If bitten on the leg apply a splint where possible.
- Always bring the first-aid to the patient. Never move the patient unless absolutely necessary. Keep the patient calm and immobile while waiting for the Ambulance.
- We recommend keeping compression bandages in every vehicle eg. family car, work vehicle, motorcycles, in addition to keeping bandages in every garage or shed eg garden shed, pool shed, horse stables, chicken coop.
Australia is renowned for having many of the deadliest snakes in the world. These include the Death Adder, the Eastern Brown Snake, the Red-Bellied Black Snake, the Taipan, and the Tiger Snake, all of which are found here in South-East Queensland. There are numerous other less venomous snakes that reside here with us as well.
If you’ve got a snake you’d like caught and removed, we can help to put your mind at ease. Our certified and professional snake catchers will remove and relocate the problem snake to a more suitable habitat, far away from your home or workplace. We will also advise on ways you can reduce the risk of snakes returning to your property.
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