Significance to Humans:
Bites from this species have caused human fatalities. In fact the Eastern Brown Snake accounts for more fatalities than any other Australian Snake. A nervous, ready biter it will defend itself if threatened but like all snakes are not dangerous when left alone. Maintains a strong defensive “S” shaped posture. Bites from this species should be treated immediately and attended to with correct first aid.
Highly variable in colouration and pattern. Colour ranges from pale tan through orange, russet, dark brown & almost black, sometimes with cross-body banding. Belly usually cream, yellow or orange with scattered orange or grey blotches. Hatchling and juveniles particularly vary in colour, frequently having dark heads or neck bands, or being completely banded along the body length. Midbody scales at 17 rows.
1.4 metres but a specimen of 2.3 metres was recorded from Karalee in South east Queensland. Specimens in excess of 1.8 metres are uncommon.
Habitat in SE Qld:
Wide range of habitats but generally prefers drier habitat. Dry open forest, wood and shrub- land, grassland, farmland. Very successful in agricultural regions where tree clearing & introduction of mice and rats has created ideal habitat & abundance of food. Often encountered moving up and down vegetated sand dunes between the beach and suburban streets.
Diurnal, active hunter but has been seen active on hot nights. Not regarded as a climbing species but may occasionally climb in search of potential prey. Quick to retreat when encountered at a distance. Most specimens are usually seen disappearing into available cover.
Primarily small mammals (rats, mice etc) but also lizards and occasionally frogs.
Most common large venomous snake. Common throughout Landsborough and Beerwah extending down to Caboolture. They are extremely common throughout bushland and sand dune environments throughout most Sunshine Coast Suburbs. Hotspots include Bli Bli, Peregian Beach and Kawana.
Around the home:
Often encountered in and around localities with a strong rodent presence such as bird aviaries and stock feed sheds. Due to its active foraging nature it often enters homes through gaps afforded to it by open or gaps under doors. Any ground refuge may be utilised such as timber piles, sheet iron, rock walls and heavy vegetation. The maintenance of yards and the control of spilt seed and other food associated with pets may assist in the control of rodents which this species exploits so well.