The Eastern Brown (Pseudonaja textilis) snake is Australia’s second most venomous snake. Do not approach this snake! When left alone they will soon move into hiding, Eastern Brown snakes are born with venom.
Bites are often ignored as the actual bite can be painless, however immediate treatment should be applied and 000 called.
Adult Eastern Brown snakes can vary in colour. They are usually a uniform shade of brown with various patterns including speckles and bands, ranging from a very pale fawn colour through orange, silver, yellow and grey, to black.
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 1.1–1.8 m (3.6–5.9 ft). The maximum recorded size for the species is 2.4 m (7.9 ft). Large eastern brown snakes are often confused with King Brown snakes (Pseudechis australis), as they share habitat in many areas.
The Eastern Brown snake is active during the day and is notorious for its speed and aggression. When highly agitated, they hold their necks high, appearing in an upright S-shape. The snake usually seeks to flee when confronted, though it can be highly aggressive if provoked.
Primarily small mammals (rats, mice etc), lizards and occasionally frogs.
Distribution and Habitat
The Eastern Brown snake is found all the way along the East coast of Australia, from the tip of Cape York, along the coasts and inland ranges of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Often encountered throughout south eastern Queensland including the Brisbane, Logan and Ipswich areas. They are very common in cleared land and grazing land bordering towns and cities. Because of their mainly rodent diet, they are often found near houses and on residential properties where animal feed is stored.
1300 Catch It’s most frequent call outs for the Eastern Brown snakes are to Brendale, Strathpine, Pinkenba, Narangba, Burpengary and Caboolture.
Although, the odd Eastern Brown has certainly been encountered in most Brisbane suburbs.