this page you have the poisonous snakes that are found in Cape York.
better known ones
are coastal taipan,
northern death adder,
and eastern brown, western brown and king brown snake.
Some of the less known ones, or the ones that are
less common up here
include red bellied black snake,
eastern small eyed snake, rough scaled snake, myall snake, and a few
that are only known by their Latin names.
If you are from overseas you are likely to be scared by this list but
there is no reason to panic.
You will most likely
never see one on your Cape York trip, and even if
you do, all you have to
do is to leave it alone and it will go away.
Australian poisonous snakes tend to mind their own business and not
attack you unless you give them a reason.
two species of
taipans in Australia. The inland
aka fierce snake, is the most
poisonous snake in the world, but it is found in
south western Queensland and not
in Cape York.
What a combination - the most poisonous snake in the world is so shy it
doesn't want to bite even when provoked - I had to throw in a photo of
the Inland Taipan even though it's not found here.
In Cape York, we have
the coastal taipan,
which is less poisonous, but not shy! It will flee unless cornered, but
if cornered or threatened, it will defend itself aggressively and it
can deliver multiple and quick bites.
in most of the
peninsula, except the south west. It is most often about 2m long, but
be 3m and longer. It lives in open woodlands as well as rainforests and
sugar cane fields. It likes to shelter in tree hollows and burrows abandoned by other animals. It
eats small animals such as rats and bandicoots.
Brown and Eastern
These two poisonous snakes belong to the family of brown snakes.
The eastern brown
found in most places in Victoria,
South Wales and Queensland,
however in Cape York it only reaches up to the south eastern corner,
until about Lakefield
National Park north of Cooktown.
It lives in agricultural regions and in the outskirts of cities and
towns. It is
one of the most commonly spotted venomous snakes in the eastern
and it is alert, quick and nervous. It is about 2m long.
Brown is a bit
shorter, about 1.5m long, and it is found in the whole Australia except
the southern and eastern coast. It is found on the whole Cape York
likes dry habitats, such as woodlands and deserts. It eats small
mammals and reptiles including other snakes. Like the eastern brown, it
rears its head and forebody in an S-shape when threatened.
Brown, aka Mulga Snake
brown snake is one of the most common of our
which, although called "brown", actually belongs to the family
It is a large snake - more than 2m long, and it is found in the whole
country except in the southern and south eastern areas. It is found in
the whole Cape York peninsula, it likes dry habitats such as deserts
and shelters in hollow logs and abandoned burrows.
There are a few different species of death adders in Australia,
York only has the
northern one, and it is only found in the northern and eastern parts of
the peninsula. Like other death adders, it is a short (0.6m) and
thick, robust looking snake, and it can be either grey or brown. It
woodlands, grasslands and rocky outcrops where it hides under leaves,
with only the tip of the tail visible as a part of its hunting
technique. It is a good
reason to not
to run around in dry leaves bare feet!
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