Snakes in Northern Rivers & Tweed

Wildlife News

Challenging Rescues

A Miraculous Release


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Fishing line and fishing tackle is “life threatening” to any bird that becomes entangled either by someone casting out to catch fish or by line cut and discarded into the water.

7th of Sept.2020 A Pelican at Hastings Point became entangled and was rescued by a Seabird Carer.
After admission to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Vets found the wounds to be more severe that originally estimated.

Fishing line was tangled around both wings and his left leg, a bronze hook was dangling from the fishing line. Another hook was embedded in the bird’s body under the wing.

On the 6th Oct. 2020, this Pelican was lucky to be released!

The Pelican was in care with Currumbin Wildlife Hospital for several weeks!
Wounds under one wing and at the wing “elbows” were slow to heal, requiring numerous treatments.
Vet Nurses at CWH cared tirelessly for this difficult case. They named him “Atti” {short form of the word “Attitude”}.

With dissolvable stitches still intact, Atti was fed some Whiting fish on release. Atti was happy to join a group of birds perching together near Wyuna Road. He was in good health and was well hydrated by CWH Vet Nurse Natasha Graham.

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A WEDGE TAILED EAGLE was attacked by geese at a property in Pumpenbil road.The owners managed to catch bird and called TVWC. A wildlife rescuer collected the bird and took it to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital where its injuries were assessed and treated. The Eagle had an injured wing and couldn’t fly.

The wedge-tailed eagle was released on the property where it was found. See our Facebook page for release video

TVWC’s Work With Snakes

The Tweed Shire is home to a diverse range of native animals, including a number of snake species. All snakes are shy and secretive and most are nocturnal (active at night). Living with snakes can be challenging for some and there are a few common misconceptions people have. For an example, it is often thought that every brown coloured snake is an Eastern Brown Snake, when in fact there are many other species that can be that colour.

Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers can help by providing the correct information and identification, as well as relocating snakes in certain situations e.g. when one has managed to make its way inside a house. In these sorts of situations, our volunteer snake handlers can remove snakes for a donation to the group. These donations cover training costs, veterinary bills and insurance. Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers see this as an important service to the community.

Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers rescue and care for injured snakes, until they can be returned to their natural habitat. We have rescuers and carers that specialise in both venomous or non-venomous snakes. Injured snakes are taken into care after assessment by a vet. If a snake is injured when you are mowing or gardening, call the hotline and arrange for a TVWC member to come and rescue the snake as soon as possible. Do not try to handle snakes yourself. Do not attempt to handle any snake that you cannot positively identify as a non-venomous species.

Snakes that enter your house will have usually done so by mistake and an experienced  snake handler can safely remove it from your house, without injuring the snake or causing any danger to nearby people. Snakes in your yard are often just sunning themselves or digesting a recent meal and will move on themselves when they are ready. Keep dogs and cats inside if there is a snake on your property until such time as it has moved away. Snakes love to frequent areas that have rats or mice and even frogs in small ponds.  Keep wood piles neatly stacked and do not leave food scraps which will attract rodents. 

Snake Relocation

Snakes that are not injured, but that have found their way onto your property, will usually move on without assistance, but if you are concerned you can utilise the professional snake services of a trained snake handler. Links to the professional snake handlers are in the right sidebar of this page.

Snake Bites For First Aid Information Call for Ambulance

How identify a snake when you see one?

Our PDF What Snake Is That will help to identify the most common snakes from this area. 

You can familiarise yourself with the different features and behaviours our snakes have, and then be able to identify a snake if you happen to see one around the house. Good luck!

Professional Snake Services


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Murwillumbah Snake Catchers

Max Walker Professional snake handler.

Max has been an active member of TWVC for many years, rescuing and caring for snakes and also has a private snake relocation business.

Phone 0424 413 701

Sue Johnson Professional Snake Services

(licensed through NSW Office of Environment and Heritage)

Sue Johnson has been running Reptile Relocation for 12 years, covering the Tweed and Byron areas and is TVWC’s most experienced reptile handler and rehabilitator. She conducts regular reptile handling and first aid training for the group as well as providing professional snake catching, questions/ identification help.
Phone: 02 66771224 or 0428771223

Tweed and Byron Snake Catcher – Reptile Relocation


The Top Five Snakes of the Northern Rivers

EASTERN BROWN pictured in the header image of this page.