take in to consideration
how often we would be in the close proximity to a snake
if you happen to live in the bush, we realise just how shy
snakes are, they have no benefit in trying to bite us, it
is only done as a last resort out of fear.
It can be very hard to identify a snake positively, so treat
them all with respect and caution.The Eastern
Brown snake is found right throughout NSW, also through
Queensland, Victoria, and south- eastern South Australia.
Isolated populations can be found in areas of the Northern
Territory to the north- eastern corner of Western Australia.
The Eastern Brown snake is an egg layer and may lay up to
30 eggs in a clutch. The eggs will hatch after 11 weeks
after which time the young hatch measuring about 27cm.
Prey consists of small mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
It is a very fast moving snake active in both day and night
if bitten by a venomous snake:
Do not wash the wound site.
Do not cut the wound.
Place an elastic bandage over the wound site and bandage
as far down the limb as possible, then back up the limb
as far as possible.
Keep the patient as quiet as possible. This can be hard,
but remember stress and fear will be the most visible signs
in most cases of snake bite and should be treated accordingly.
Call an ambulance and get to a hospital immediately.
Do not ask the patient to walk to a vehicle for transport,
bring the vehicle to the patient, the less movement on the
part of the patient, the better.
Identification of the snake is not necessary, so do not
attempt to capture or kill the snake to take to the hospital,
most hospital staff cannot positively identify a snake.
The Commonwealth Serum Laboratories have produced a snakebite
detection kit, which has been issued to all major hospitals
through out Australia. This kit enables the hospital staff
to safely take a swab from the wound site and after testing
they are able to tell which anti-venom is the correct one
to use. If the test is inconclusive, then a polyvalent serum
may be administered.
I feel very sorry for our venomous snakes, most of us are
frightened of them, and in many cases the snake suffer due
to our fear. They are not interested in attacking us; they
will usually try as hard as they can to get away.
If you find a snake inside, if possible leave it an avenue
of escape, close the room of if you can, and leave doors
and windows open so the snake can leave when it no longer
When walking outside at night or in the bush wear suitable
.Reference: Graeme Gow’s
complete guide to Australian Snakes.
This Eastern Brown snake below was sunning itself next to our rubbish bin, one always have to remember that snakes will only strike if they feel threatened, so leaving it alone is the best option. Being aware that they are here is essential.
Eastern Browns come in a variety of patterns and colour's, never try to identify a snake unless you are trained to do so, it can be a deadly mistake.