With the snake mating season generally running from September to October, those two months are the period where you'll be seeing more of these slithering reptile. South-east Queensland snakes spend the long winter developing egg follicles and are in the mood to mate, broadcasting their availability using pheromones. While snakes tend not to be more aggressive around this time of the year, they are more likely to be seen. So to keep you safe and aware of what's going on, we're going to give you a quick rundown on what to keep an eye on during snake season.

How do you know if a snake is dangerous?

There aren't any specific rules to distinguish a dangerous snake from a harmless one but certain snakes do have distinguishing features and behaviours that can be used to tell them apart. If you're located in or are passing through an area where snakes are more common, it's wise to become familiar with the different types that may be around. For more information on the different types of snakes, click here.

Avoid being bitten

Make sure you give the snake space and keep your distance. They aren't normally aggressive and usually attack only when provoked. Make sure you wear enclosed shoes and don't ever try to handle the snake yourself, leave that to the professionals.

If you're bitten by a snake

  1. You should always provide emergency care if you or someone else is bitten by a snake — including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if required.

  2. Get the person away from the snake.

  3. Ensure they rest and help them to stay calm, if they stay as still as possible it will help to slow down the movement of the venom in the body.

  4. Call triple zero (000) and ask for an ambulance.

  5. Apply a pressure immobilisation bandage

  6. Don’t wash the bite area — venom left on the skin can help identify the snake.

  7. If you can’t use a pressure immobilisation bandage because the bite is on the trunk or stomach, apply constant, firm pressure.

  8. Do not apply a tourniquet, cut the wound or attempt to suck the venom (poison) out.

Contact your local snake catchers if you come across one in your yard!

For more information or advice about snake bites, contact Sonder who can help provide support 24/7.

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Information sourced from: Department of Environment and Science and Queensland Museum.

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