which Australian snakes are found in Cape York?
a country very
rich in reptile fauna, and snakes are no exception. It is also known as
a country for poisonous
snakes, however they
very common to come across, and most of them are shy animals.
How else would we feel safe camping and roaming around in
the bush all the time?
While there are many snakes in Cape York, including some poisonous
ones, on your trip you
are most likely to see the perfectly harmless black headed
It is a very common
snake in northern Australia, including the Cape York peninsula, and it
is often around in the daylight, so it is easy to spot. It has a
and a distinctive black head.
found here, and which ones are non
The three large groups of Australian land snakes include pythons, colubrid snakes and venomous snakes. All
are found in the Cape York area.
of all types
of snakes in Australia, and they take large prey which they
suffocating. So, they don't need venom. Some of them may still give you
bite that gets infected, but they are not poisonous.
the 13 species of
pythons in Australia, on the Cape York peninsula you find the already
mentioned Black Headed
Python; as well as Spotted
Python, and two very special ones - the Amethystine
the largest snake in Australia; and the Green
Tree Python, which
is only found in Cape York's eastern rainforests
and nowhere else in
is another group of non
snakes, and in Cape York you find the Brown Tree Snake, Common aka Green
Tree Snake, Northern
Macleay's Water Snake,
and White Bellied
Mangrove Snake; Slate
and Slaty Grey Snake; Australian Bockadam
(aka Elapid snakes, which is the name of their family) that are found
the Cape York peninsula, include Coastal
Death Adder, as well as Red
Rough Scaled Snake
and Eastern Small Eyed Snake.
Most of those snakes are rare to come across, and they also tend to be
shy animals and move away from you when they hear you
coming.Almost all snake bites
about at ankle-height, so wearing long
boots that are thick enough is a good protection.
Not nearly all our snakes are
in fact the majority are non poisonous, (or at least not poisonous
enough to kill humans).
You cannot rely on it every time, but if you want to generalise, many snakes with no venom have a
* Australia's largest
(pythons) are not poisonous - so a large snake is likely a harmless
* If you see a snake in
on a building or anywhere much above
the ground, it is likely a harmless one as Australian
poisonous snakes tend
to be ground
dwellers and often reluctant to leave the ground. * The
poisonous ones also generally tend
to be more alert and nervous.
are the largest Australian
snakes and they are not venomous.
In Cape York, we have black
headed python, spotted
python, water python,
largest snake) olive
(the second largest), and the endemic green tree
only found in
parts of the Cape York peninsula.
The other group of non venomous
snakes is colubrids, that include the tree snakes (that
are not pythons).
In Cape York, we
tree snake, brown
tree snake, northern
Macleay's water snake, Richardson's and white bellied mangrove snake;
slate brown and slaty grey snake; bockadam and keelback.
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