Australian Snakes

Australian Snakes are found all over the country; there are 130 species of land snakes and 32 species of sea snakes.

Australia has the most dangerous snakes in the world of the 130 species 100 are venomous.

However they are not all able to inflict a bite that would kill.

Australia has eight out of ten of the world’s most venomous snakes the Brown Snake, Western Brown, King Brown, the Red Bellied black, Copperhead, Tiger, Death Adder and Taipan.

The Taipan is the most venomous snake in the world its venom is 50 times more toxic than the cobra and a bite could kill within 45 minutes.

It may also have enough poison stored to kill over 200 persons but may inject only what it feels necessary.

However, whilst it may be the most venomous snake it is not the most deadliest in the world there have been few documented bites and no documented deaths since the introduction of anti vienne.

It is a shy and reclusive snake and does not seek out human contact.

You could be excused for thinking that a visit to outback Australia or any place in Australia would have you dodging dangerous snakes at every corner.

However; you would most probably complete your trip without seeing a snake unless you looked for them.

We have lived in Australia for many years and have had only a handful of encounters with snakes.

Although I did come home one evening to find a King Brown curled up around our refrigerator which was quickly dispatched. However we have had dogs bitten by snakes while on a chain in our yard with one dying from his second bite a few months after the first bite.

We also had a large python take a liking to our turkey chicks and swallow 3 and then be too large to escape back out the hole he pushed himself through.

Australian snakes will not be seeking you out and for the most part will avoid contact and would only strike if feeling threatened.

Common sense should keep you safe when out in the Australian bush, wear closed in shoes, make noise as you walk, look where you put your feet and hands, if you see a snake don’t touch it assume its poisonous let it get out of the way and don’t do anything to make it feel threatened.

If you are genuinely out back help can be a long way away.

Australian snakes are common to all areas of Australa but reclusive for the most part unless provoked.

Pay attention to what you are doing and you can usually avoid any problems.

The Snakes Significance To The Dreamtime

The Snake is of great cultural significance to the Australian Aboriginal.

The Rainbow Serpent is regarded as the creator of life a mythical animal that emerged from the earth created the rivers and features of the land and the tribes, birds and animals.

It is featured in many snake paintings of various regions.

Where it slept and left depressions in the land rivers were formed. When it moved across the land its movement created the hill and mountain ranges.

It is known by many names and is one of the oldest religious symbols in the world.

The Snake is also one of the dreaming stories (Warnu) and animal totem of the western desert tribes and features in many aboriginal paintings.

It is the totem of the skin groups Japurrla Jagamarra (male) and Napurrula, Nakamarra (female).

The snake is a source of bush tucker for the Aboriginals in Arnhem Land.

They hunt the File snake in the river waters among the water lilies then kill it by biting of its head and cook it whole on fire until tinder.

It is also hunted in the desert and cooked in a coal fire pit.

Australian Snakes are found all across Australia, leave them alone, don't bother them, and you will be fine.