Brisbane’s Deadliest Snakes

Brisbane’s Deadliest Snakes


Snakes are some of the most feared creatures in the country and out of the 27 species that live in the Brisbane area a few are dangerous to humans. If bitten by a snake you shouldn’t delay in getting immediate medical assistance, as never assume it isn’t venomous. Since anti-­venom has come on the scene actual deaths from snake bites are rare but according to statistics they do occur at the rate of 4 and 6 deaths per year.

Here are the venomous snakes found in Brisbane, what they look like and where they live:


1. Eastern Brown Snake (aka common brown snake)

The eastern brown snake is bad tempered, highly venomous and will rise into an S-­shape and strike if cornered. It grows to an average length of 1.5 metres and varies widely in colour from light tan to almost black with a cream/orange belly. It feeds on birds, frogs, mammals and reptiles.

Habitat: Bushland and rural areas of greater Brisbane.


 2. Rough-­scaled Snake

Growing up to 1 metre in length, the rough-­scaled snake is venomous and potentially dangerous to humans. It is identified by its olive/greyish back with a number of raised lines covering its back and sides. It has a greenish/grey belly. Typical prey includes small mammals, frogs, birds and reptiles.

Habitat: Hinterland areas of Brisbane.


3. Yellow-­faced Whip Snake

Large specimens of this snake are very dangerous and have a venomous bite. As its name suggests, it is recognised by a yellow strip around the front of the nose and has a black comma-shape around the eye. Yellow-­face whip snakes grow on average to just under 1 metre and are very fast­-moving.

Habitat: Found throughout Brisbane.

What to do if you encounter a snake

  • Never touch a snake unless you know what you’re doing
  • Never assume it’s non-venomous
  • Stand still and don’t make any sudden movements
  • Don’t try and corner a snake as it will feel threatened
  • Make sure the snake has an escape route
  • Treat the snake with respect and use common sense.

What to do if you or a mate is bitten by a snake

  • Don’t wash the bite or try to suck the venom out
  • Apply a pressure immobilisation bandage immediately
  • Bandage the limb firmly but don’t cut off blood flow
  • Keep still and avoid movement
  • Send someone for help.