Snakes on the Beach (Gold Coast Australia)

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.

 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.

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13 Responses to Snakes on the Beach (Gold Coast Australia)

  1. Kal says:

    It’s a beautiful country but everything around there wants to kill me.

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  3. EternalForms says:

    Kal’s comment makes me laugh! Seriously, though, I wouldn’t want to tangle with a brown snake, but I think I’d be just as curious as the beach goers in the picture (running away in terror, lol!). With that said, I don’t know that I’d be too comfortable sunning myself in an area where these are common! Suntan or possible death? I think I’d stay in the water!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Eternal Forms,
      I think in reality, a lot of people would of been curious, and actually ran towards the snake to have a look. You really have to laugh though, they put in a picture of the lifesavers standing around looking, watching, and of course warning people the snake is there, and then in the article it tries to make out people were fleeing in terror, I mean that quote really was priceless. 🙂

  4. travelrat says:

    I don’t think I ever saw a brown snake, but I’ve seen a red-bellied black snake a couple of times … (at least, I think it was … I didn’t turn him over to see if he had a red belly).

    Believe it or not, making a ‘namasté’ and saying ‘Go in peace, Brother Snake’ WORKS !

    However, I wouldn’t try that on a Fierce Snake, as I believe that is the only one that will attack without provocation? I used to be an avid watcher of the ‘Crocodile Hunter’ programmes, and the only time I saw Steve Irwin really worried on them was when Terri and Bindi got a little too close to a Fierce Snake for his liking.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      Normally a snake will not attack unless threatened, but there are exceptions unfortunately. When you hear of an attack, most of the time it’s after someone has accidentally stepped on the snake, or the snake felt cornered.
      The red bellied black snake is common around the east coast of OZ, it gives a nasty bite, but I’m not sure if anyone has died from this snake, the venom is not as deadly as some of the other snakes, but still to me all snakes say, GO AWAY, and I do. 🙂

  5. A great reminder on something we all overlook whilst at the beach. The dunes are particular area to be cautious of, especially when walking through them in light summer clothing! But lets be serious, there aren’t that many and the snakes nealry always will avoid human contact given the chance.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi GCa,
      I totally agree with that.

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      Thank You for visiting and your comment.

  6. kymbo says:

    ..have you seen how fast those small brown snakes are? We have heaps of them around here, the only other snake you see a few of is the Death Adder, more dangerous but much slower. The browns here vary from sandy coloured right through to dark brown but all are nasty.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi kymbo,
      Yes I know the browns can move very fast when they want to, I haven’t seen a Death Adder,(I don’t think) not in the wild, only in glass at zoo’s etc., maybe there are more of those around your area, I agree all are nasty creatures.

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