Development is being blamed for an early influx of venomous snakes in suburbia.

Snake catchers are warning residents the reptiles appear to be adapting to south-east Queensland’s suburban environment.

Lauren Geldard reports.


It’s been a busy start to the snake season.

Here, a red bellied black is cornered in a backyard in Brisbane’s south.

Grant Browne, Browne Snake Removals: “The weather’s been kind of weird, the nights this time last year were a lot warmer by now, now it’s still cool at nights which when the sun comes out during the day would be promoting some snake activity because it’s been a cold night so they want to get out and heat up.”

Snake catcher Grant Browne has been called to 10 homes in the past month to remove deadly Eastern Browns.

This year’s spike in suburban snake sightings is only set to increase.

Reptile experts say this is as a result of continued Urban Development destroying natural habitats and forcing snakes into our local backyards.

Grant Browne, Browne Snake Removals: “Most of the brown snakes that I’ve caught have been opposite development areas where last year that was bush, now there’s no bush it’s all been cleared.”

Just last week, a man was bitten by what’s thought to have been a brown snake in Surfers Paradise, while snake catchers removed another.

Grant Browne has this advice for anyone confronted by a snake.

Grant Browne, Browne Snake Removals: “Large objects moving will get a snake defensive so just stay still and the snake will move off by itself. If you’re out of that sort of strike zone just back away slowly, keep an eye on the snake and call a snake catcher.”

And if a snake bites, apply a pressure bandage to the affected limb and call the ambulance.

Lauren Geldard, QUT News.