What do I do if I see a snake?
If you see a snake, do not stand between the snake and its escape route; remove any pets or people out of the path of the snake. Then call us. DO NOT attempt to move the snake yourself, even if you think you know what it is. The catcher will ask you various questions on the phone and give you instructions dependant of the circumstances. The catcher will ask for a photo of the snake if you are able to safely obtain one. Snakes are remarkably elusive, it is crucial to keep your eyes on the snake at ALL times. Once the catcher can identify the snake, the best course of action can be determined from there. A lot of the time if the snake is passing through, is outside and/or is a harmless species, it is best to leave the snake to go about its day.
What if I KNOW what kind of snake it is?
Identifying snakes is not easy, and even professionals can make mistakes. There are over 20 different kinds of snakes that inhabit South East Queensland and over 75% of these are venomous. Even if you think you know the snake is harmless, it is not worth the risk. Call us and get an ID, its far better to be safe than sorry.
I’m pretty sure the snake is harmless and looks to be moving away from my property. What do I do?
This is the best case scenario for everyone. It is still advised that you call us and send a photo for ID, just to be sure no problems will arise. If the snake is harmless and is moving off your property, we do not need to attend. The snake will not need to be disturbed and you get to have a cool experience with one of our fantastic Aussie natives.
What are the most common snakes in South East Queensland?
The three most common types of snakes in South East Queensland include Coastal Carpet Pythons which are often large, sedentary snakes. They are non-venomous and fantastic for rodent control, but can cause harsh lacerations with their sizeable teeth. Green Tree Snakes are also common and are often small, dark green to light olive in colour and completely harmless, by far the best snake to find in your garden. The third most common snake in South East Queensland is the infamous Eastern Brown, responsible for more than 60% of snake bite deaths in Australia. The Eastern Brown is usually light brown to black when adult, however can have highly differentiating patterns and colours when young, making it all the more important for us to ID the Snake before any action is undertaken.
How deadly are Australian Snakes?
Australia takes out the entire top five most venomous land snakes on earth! In South East Queensland we have the three of the top five.
- Inland taipan
- Eastern brown snake
- Coastal taipan
- Black Tiger snake
- Mainland Tiger snake
Are there free Snake catching services?
Unfortunately no. Neither parks and wildlife, local councils, volunteers or any government agencies offer snake catching services.
What areas do you service?
We service all of South East Queensland including the Greater Brisbane region, Logan, Ipswich, The Gold Coast and Redland Bay.
How much does your service cost?
We charge a flat rate free of $110, regardless of Snake, travel time, time of day or location. Most snake catching services charge a myriad of additional costs depending on how the job goes, but who needs that extra stress with a potentially deadly snake in their home?
How can I pay?
All catchers will readily take cash and carry EFTPOS machines that take Visa and MasterCard.
Couldn’t I just save my money and kill the snake?
Undoubtedly no, for many reasons. Snakes provide an essential balance to our ecosystems, and killing them would throw natures scales out of stability. It is for this reason that killing snakes in Australia is ILLEGAL under the Nature Conservation Act 1992, which dictates that those who kill or injure a snake face hefty fines and potential jail time. Couple these facts with a statistic showing that 90% of snake bites occur when the bite victim tries to remove or interfere with the snake, and it is clear that you should instead call a professional then try to slay/remove the snake yourself.
What do you do with Snakes when you catch them?
After we catch Snakes we are required by law to release the reptile in suitable habitat, as close as possible to the place of capture, having appropriate regard for public safety.
Will the Snake come back?
It is quite unlikely for snakes to come back to where they were captured unless there was a motive for them to be there in the first place. Motives include food, shelter and potential mates. Luckily, there are ways to mitigate these motives. Snake proofing your bird cages, hamster pens and chicken coups by using thin mesh and keeping your pets inside when possible (especially at night) will drastically reduce the amount of snakes encountered on your property. Likewise, keeping a well mown lawn, pruned garden and uncluttered yard will reduce the chances of snakes taking up residence on your property.
Can you guarantee the Snake will be caught?
There are never any guarantees in this line of work, however chances are greatly increased of a capture being made if you keep your eyes on the snake and the snake has not escaped to an area inaccessible.
I have been bitten by a Snake, what do I do?
Call 000 Immediately. The next step is to apply a pressure bandage to the bite site and surrounding area. This can be done with a bandage or any article of clothing or cloth long enough to wrap around the bite site multiple times. If you have been bitten on the hand or foot, begin wrapping from the further extremities of the limb (fingers, toes) and wrap tightly all the way up to end of the limb. The bandage is to be tight so as to limit but not cut off blood flow. The next step is to clearly mark with a marker where you were bitten. The limb should be kept below the heart and you should remain sedentary as movement will increase heart rate and move the venom around the body more quickly. If possible surround yourself with people until the ambulance arrives (neighbours, passers-by, close by friends). It is crucial you keep calm, take deep breaths and focus on keeping your heart rate low. DO NOT:
- Try to suck the venom out.
- Move unless absolutely necessary
- Delay the application of a pressure bandage.
- Try to drive yourself to a hospital.
- Try to get closer to the snake to identify it.
- Assume you will be fine and carry on with your day.
- Tie a tourniquet around the affected limb.
- Panic, as hard as it may be you must summon all your mental faculty and remain calm.
Why would you even want to be a snake catcher?
Our catchers are all extremely passionate about wildlife and conservation. Behind the scenes there is a great deal of legwork and free labour involved in taking injured snakes to get the care they need and assisting owners find their lost pets. Our catchers care deeply about our interaction with the eco-system and want to do everything they can to ensure snakes and people can co-exist happily to the betterment of our environment.