Perfect weather conditions in Cairns saw many residents load up their boats and head to the reef today, while other residents took the opportunity to tidy up their yards after last weeks rain. One Trinity Beach resident decided to deal with the ever growing pile of palm fronds in the corner of his backyard (which we all have) and uncovered an angry red-bellied black snake. This dangerously venomous snake is glossy black on the dorsal surface and red/crimson or even pink in colour on the lower sides and belly. They diet primarily on frogs, but they also prey on reptiles, small mammals and also eat other snakes- including those of their own species! The red-bellied black snake are also live bearers- meaning they don’t lay eggs, but give birth to live young.
This is a timely reminder that spring often sees an increase in activity of some venomous snake species around suburban Cairns. Death adders and red-bellied black snakes are the most common species we relocate around Cairns. While tidying up the yard – it is always a good idea to wear shoes long pants and gloves – particularly if your dealing with the pile of palm fronds!
Meanwhile at another pile of palm fronds – this time in Kewarra Beach, a large female scrub python was noticed sunning herself at the top of the mound. When I arrived she was no where to be seen but as I dug deeper into the pile of fronds, I found her curled around her clutch of 15 eggs. Dumping vegetation to rot in the backyard creates perfect habitat for snakes, so try not to let the pile get too big and stay for too long.