Here in Australia we are just about to finish our Summer, there are usually a lot more snakes around in summer, people should start to see less and less of the snakes as the weather starts to cool. The most common snakes that are seen at the Gold Coast are, green tree snakes, and carpet snakes, these two types of snakes are not venomous, but the other snake that is commonly seen is the eastern brown which is very dangerous. It was the eastern brown snake that people were having a bit of a problem with in the recent floods in Queensland.
There haven’t been a lot of attacks, but of course they do happen. You really shouldn’t go sunbathing near the dunes, as they have been known to be around these areas. Be on the look out especially with small children that may accidentally stand on one, or think the snake may be a stick. The snakes tend to lie in the sun so they are not always moving.
For people who are not sure exactly where the Gold Coast is, it is in Queensland Australia, have a look at the map and you will see it at the bottom. Map of Queensland.
SLITHER OFF: Lifesavers keep a close eye on brown snakes sunning themselves on the deck at Main Beach. Picture: Hampson Glenn Source: The Courier-Mail
DEADLY brown snakes have invaded a popular Gold Coast beach today, forcing beachgoers to flee in terror. The Courier Mail.
Don’t you love journalists, look at the picture above, oh yes they are definitely fleeing in terror. 🙄
Saying that, if the snake turned around, you would see people moving away, and giving the snake plenty of room. 🙂
Gold Coast snake handler Tony Harrison said he was called to beaches every day to catch snakes, which make their homes in the sand dunes, particularly on The Spit. goldcoast.com.au.
Eastern Brown Snake.
The Eastern Brown Snake, often referred to as the Common Brown Snake, is an elapid snake native to Australia. This species is considered to be the second most venomous land snake in the world based on LD50 value.
Adult Eastern Brown Snakes are highly variable in color. Whilst usually a uniform shade of brown, they can have various patterns including speckles and bands, and range from a very pale fawn colour through to black, including orange, silver, yellow and grey. Juveniles can be banded and have a black head, with a lighter band behind, a black nape, and numerous red-brown spots on the belly.
This species has an average length of 1.5–1.8 m and it is rarely larger than 2 m. Large Eastern Brown Snakes are often confused with “King Brown” snakes (Pseudechis australis), whose habitat they share in many areas. Wikipedia.
You might also like to see
Driver Bitten by Snake (New South Wales Australia)