Snakes in Northern Rivers & Tweed
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.
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!
The Top Five Snakes of the Northern Rivers
EASTERN BROWN pictured in the header image of this page.
COASTAL CARPET PYTHON
YELLOW FACED WHIPSNAKE
COMMON TREE SNAKE
BROWN TREE SNAKE