How to Identify Snakes in Queensland

How to Identify Snakes in QueenslandAustralia has the infamy of being a continent that is filled with poisonous creatures, and the province of Queensland is home to an astounding 20 different poisonous serpents. However, the area also has over 60 other species of snakes that are non-poisonous, and these are far more common. It is therefore important to be able to tell the difference between the plethora of Queensland snakes. (Pictured: The Coastal Taipan is one of the world's most dangerous snakes. They have long fangs and an extremely potent venom)


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Estimate the length. Several of the most dangerous snakes in Queensland are huge. The poisonous mulga snake (sometimes also called the king brown snake) is a staggering 8 to 10 feet long, and is found in across Australia's woodlands. Taipans, arguably the most dangerous land snake in the world, can achieve a length of 12 feet and are rarely smaller than 7 feet.
Step 2
Look at the colors of the snake. The red-bellied black snake is so-called because it is black on the top and has a red belly. It is also very poisonous, and lives in creeks and swamps of Queensland.
Step 3
Look at the body shape. Is it thick or thin? Queensland's death adders have a thick, viper-like body. Death adders are ambush predators, and like the wooded and brushy areas where they can find leaves, loose dirt and debris in which to hide.
Step 4
Look at the head shape. There are four different types of death adders in Queensland, but all of them have the same distinct, angular head with a stubby snout.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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