Snake Catcher The Gap
Snake Catcher The Gap
The Gap is one of the more well established suburbs within the Brisbane City Council area that appears highly favourable to many suburban snakes with both high frequency and high species diversity recorded. With local natural features such as the banks of Enoggera Creek, Fish Creek Enoggera Reservoir, Keperra Bushland and the foothills of Brisbane Forest Park these natural assets present diverse habitat types on the doorstep of the many streets, parks and gardens indicative of this suburban landscape. Subsequently the snake catcher servicing The Gap regularly responds to snakes in this and surrounding suburbs. Bordered by Bardon and Ashgrove, these suburbs too see experience regular occurrences of snakes.
Carpet Pythons dominate the snakes captured by the snake catcher servicing calls for The Gap. This snake is the largest of all snakes found in The Gap and is by far the most frequently seen species. Its large size and obvious success in the suburban environment make it a potential danger for small pets and caged birds. Occupying both terrestrial and arboreal niches it has been able to utilise virtually all available microhabitats including roof spaces, wall cavities, sheds, gardens and parkland localities. Specimens in excess of 3 metres have been captured in The Gap however the average size for the species is nearer to 2.3 metres.
Common Tree Snakes are often seen in The Gap moving quickly through vegetation and these are also commonly encountered once they have entered homes. Like the Carpet Python their ability to occupy both terrestrial and arboreal niches sees them a common accidental home invader. Keelback snakes are also a regular within backyards in proximity to moist localities. It is an energetic and mobile diurnal hunter of skinks and frogs which comprise the bulk of this species diet. The introduced Asian House Gecko is abundant in all suburbs of Brisbane including the Gap and is quite likely the primary reason that the Common Tree Snake is not only common in suburban areas but has managed to persist in even the most vegetation devoid suburbs including the inner city of Brisbane.
The Yellow-faced Whip Snake is one of a number of snake species that has managed to proliferate despite the continued pressure of habitat alteration and in some cases the species has been well facilitated by such change. In suburban areas the ever present abundance of skinks on which they predate has seen this species sustained with often high population densities recorded in many suburbs including The Gap, Bardon, nearby Ashgrove and Paddington.
White Crowned Snake are also captured and relocated regularly by the local snake catcher. This small inconspicuous species is often turned up in gardens and compost bins where it actively seeks out sleeping skinks by night. Due to its small size it is often brought into homes by roaming cats and offered as a small gift to often unsuspecting owners!
Appreciable by some would be the low incident rate of large venomous snakes removed from The Gap compared to other areas of Brisbane. In saying that, the highly venomous Eastern Brown Snake does turn up in some of the more open streets where the leafy canopy gives way to a more intermittent woodland habitat type mixed with ornamental gardens. This is particularly evident in the western streets of The Gap. Around the home the Eastern Brown Snake is often encountered in and around localities with a strong rodent presence such as bird aviaries and stock feed sheds. Due to its active foraging nature it often enters homes through gaps afforded to it by open or gaps under doors. Any ground refugia may be utilised such as timber piles, sheet iron, rock walls and heavy vegetation.
The Eastern Small-eyed Snake is another significantly venomous species that is only intermittently encountered. A number of other smaller more inconspicuous species also call The Gap home with the removal of Dwarf Crowned Snakes and Golden Crowned Snakes an occasional request.
These Snake safety around the home pages along with our Snakes around the garden pages provide further valuable information when considering this species and its potential presence around your property.
A full inventory of snakes species relocated from homes over the past 20 years by the snake catcher for The Gap is provided below.
- Carpet Python; The most commonly encountered snake by residents of most Brisbane suburbs.
- Common Tree Snake: Often enters homes, an agile climber often removed by snake catchers.
- Eastern Brown Snake: Occasionally encountered in more open streets and gardens.
- Red-bellied Black Snake: Only occasionally encountered but usually near creeks and moister localities.
- Brown Tree Snake: a nocturnal species that often enters homes via open windows after dark.
- Yellow-faced Whip Snake: a common species that can occur in reasonable numbers even in a single area.
- White Crowned Snake: a common snake in most gardens however quite cryptic.
- Golden Crowned Snake: occasionally seen at night.
- Dwarf Crowned Snake: highly cryptic and rarely seen.
- Keelback Snake: common around watercourses and riparian areas.
- Eastern Small-eyed Snake: a venomous species often found near natural woodland areas.
- Marsh Snake: usually associated with riparian areas.
- Spotted Python: very infrequently encountered but recorded adjacent to bush land areas
For further information on the snake species found in The Gap go to www.wildlifeqld.com.au