Species: Dendrelaphis punctulatus
Common names: Common Tree Snake; Green Tree Snake
I nearly walked on this lovely inoffensive non-venomous snake but it was fairly conspicuous with its head held high on its thin bright yellow body. It feeds mainly on frogs and skinks but these are both in very short supply in the bushland. It was about a metre long and in good condition so it must be finding enough food.
Species: Morelia spilota
Common names: Carpet Python, Carpet Snake
The warmer weather has heralded the emergence of our carpet pythons. This one that I found beside the southern firetrail was about 2.5 metres long. This snake is non-venomous and feeds on frogs, lizards, birds, and mammals.
Species: Pseudonaja textilis
Common names: Eastern Brown Snake
My illusion that the Fort Bushland Reserve was free of venomous snakes was shattered recently when I nearly walked on a pair of very active Eastern Brown snakes that appeared to be in an amorous mood and preparing to mate. They were about 1.5 metres long and just inside the reserve beside the eastern firebreak. These snakes prefer dry rather than swampy ground and because they feed on rats, mice, birds and lizards can often be found around barns and farms. They lay between about 10 and 35 eggs and the young brown snakes are banded in dark grey or black with a broad band on the back of the head – quite unlike the adults.
The Eastern Brown snake is one of the world’s deadliest snakes and is in the top three or four most venomous snakes in the world. So a little care should be exercised while we are doing our bushcare. However they are generally reluctant to bite and I suspect would only do so when threatened. I’m hoping that the noise we make doing our bushcare will ensure that they slither away unseen before we get too close and threatening. The only snakes that I have seen previously in the Reserve were a Yellow-faced Whip snake and a large Carpet Python.