The blue phase common tree snake is one of the most visually striking species of snake that I encounter around Cairns. It’s neon blue belly is impressive, but the snake takes it’s stunning appearance to another level when it puffs up it’s body causing the scales on its back to separate revealing fluorescent blue highlights that flash with each breath. Gordonvale and the surrounding southern suburbs yield the highest proportions of these blue beauties than the city and the northern beaches according to our catch data. Common tree snakes are non venomous and very reluctant biters. They pose little to no threat to people or pets and should be admired for their beauty and left to their own devices where ever possible. Should they end up in your house (most common during the daytime) you should keep a close eye on their movements as they move fast and can disappear very quickly.
Another day, another dangerously venomous death adder! This 55cm specimen was relocated from a a backyard in Gordonvale. The adder was relaxing amongst leaf litter under a palm tree in the middle of the yard. The homeowners had young children that spent a lot of time playing in the yard and if it were not for the keen eyes of their grandfather, the death adder would probably have gone unnoticed… Populations of death adders are in decline and are currently listed as Near Threatened in Queensland (Nature Conservation Act 1992). Habitat destruction, cane toad poisoning and inappropriate grazing and fire regimes are thought to be the main causes.
Dominic Geiger, The Cairns Post October 11, 2016 5:00am USING a rake to pick up one of the world’s deadliest snakes might not be on the average person’s bucket list, but for recent arrivals to the Far North the danger isn’t always obvious. Matthew Hagan from Cairns Snake Catcher was alarmed when he received a photograph from a Gordonvale family, recently arrived from Europe, who had caught a death adder and put it in a bucket. “The family had young children playing in the yard and the snake was noticed and subsequently caught by their father,” Mr Hagan said. “After making sure the man had definitely not come in contact with the death adder, I explained that it was a dangerously venomous snake that is best dealt with by a professional.” Warmer weather and the breeding season are making reptiles more active around Cairns and Mr Hagan warned people to never approach a snake. Click to read full article