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Frequently Asked Questions

We get asked a multitude of questions as a local Snake Catcher on the Gold Coast. Below are some of our most common questions and answers. Make sure to call us 24/7 for free advice and consultation. 

What snakes are found on the Gold Coast?

A range of both venomous and non-venomous snakes inhabit the Gold Coast and surrounding areas. Discover more about the particular species in your area by visiting our species identification page

What should I do if I see a snake or have one on my property?

Stand still if you are close by and do no attempt to attack, corner or interfere with the snake. When safe to do so keep an eye on the snake and call Hudson Snake Catching on 0435 954 986. Our rapid response guarantee means we will be there swiftly to attend to your snake issue. 

What should I do for a snake bite?

It is essential that you treat all snake bites as venomous bites and do not wash the bite site (the venom can be swapped and tested to provide anti-venin if required. Follow the current snake bite first aid method and seek emergency medical attention immediately. 

Where do snakes like to hide?

Snakes need to thermal regulate their temperature as they are cold-blooded reptiles so you should be cautious of log piles, building debris, tarps, boats, BBQ covers and anything that can contract heat in a confined space. They also love to absorb the warmth from rocks on retaining walls, timber across decks and under concrete slabs. During the cooler season they may seek refuge in your roof (the warmest part of your home) and we would recommend a roof search by our Snake Catcher to investigate if you have a concern. During the mating season snakes come out to search for a mate while male snakes will travel to search for females you may discover them in your yard, roof and around the home.

What does a Snake Catcher do with the snake once it is caught?

As a licensed Snake Catcher in Queensland we are required to remove and relocate the snake to a suitable habitat for the species caught and we will always relocate the snake to a safe space off the track within a National Park or Crown land and reserves. 

Do snakes go into hibernation in Queensland?

Due to our warm climate snakes tend to semi-hibernate in South East Queensland and across the state. This is called their bromate season where they will slow down in activity, eat less and settle in for the cooler season from June through to August. 

Are all snakes dangerous and venomous? 

Snakes are timid creatures until there are threatened by humans. All snakes have the potential to bite you on the Gold Coast, but some pose less of a threat than others. Some are more venomous and some snakes are non-venomous, however the rule still stands that you should treat all snakes as venomous. 

Are there free Snake Catchers?

No. Unfortunately, the wildlife rescue service is not Government-funded or sponsored by an organisation so in order to operate the service a call out fee is required which covers our travel costs, insurances, equipment and for the caller our fee is for the call out, catch and relocation. 

Can snakes swim?

Yes, some of the most deadly snakes in the world can navigate their way through water so jumping into your swimming pool may not be a safe option if you have a snake in the backyard. 

When is snake season?

All year round we see snakes on the Gold Coast due to our warm climate, however the most active period that snakes come into contact with humans is during the warmer season from Spring (September) to Summer (March/April). Snake mating season begins in September so we are likely to see snakes on the move looking for a mate and snake eggs or live younglings with snakes caught at properties. 

How do I prevent snakes from coming onto my property? 

There is no way to completely snake proof your home, however there are a number of preventative measures you can take to reduce the risk of having a snake call your house their domain. Remove old building materials, tarps, debris from around the home as they are great hiding places, shut your doors and windows when you are not using them, add sweeps to doors and windows to deter unwanted visitors, get your roof cavity checked for holes and entry points to be sealed up. 

How long have you been catching snakes?

Growing up in Tallebudgera Valley, Tim has been living with snakes since he was born and actively studying them since he could walk. This interest grew into a love and passion so he was able to obtain his Snake Catching License through the Queensland Department of Environment and Science and established Hudson Snake Catching in 2014. He is now a licensed, professional Snake Catcher for the Gold Coast, Scenic Rim and Logan regions, with more than 15 years experience with snakes. 

Are snake bites common? 

No, it's rare that a snake will bite. It is almost always out of defence that a snake will resort to biting a human. If you maintain a distance, don't step on or attempt to hurt the snake they will try to retreat from the situation or forget you are there. Give them a wide berth and respect them as native wildlife and you can easily avoid a confrontation. When walking in snake-prone areas make sure to wear long thick pants and closed in shoes to act as a protective barrier if you do happen to come across a snake. 

Can a snake run faster than a human?

No, most snakes move at the walking speed of a human so it's much easier for you to get away than it is for them to retreat. 

Can my neighbour relocate a snake for me?

All snakes should legally be relocated by a professional, licensed Snake Catcher. This is for a number of reasons including the snake needs to be correctly identified and for the safety of all should be caught by a professional, the snake could be an escaped pet that needs to be handed into authorities as it can have severely adverse effects on the native wildlife and may die in the wild and finally the snake needs checked for any issues or injuries before it's released into a suitable environment to suit the species. 

Can I kill a snake?

No! It's illegal to kill a snake in Australia. They are a protected native species and restore balance into the food chain like all other animals in our beautiful country. Snakes are protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. It is an offence to kill, injure or take snakes from the wild. Killing a snake comes with a penalty of up to $77,000 fine or 5 years in prison.

What is your Snake Catcher's response time?

Centrally based in Gilston near Nerang we are just 15-30mins from each snake call. We are close to the entry to the M1 so can provide a fast and reliable service and will always keep our clients updated on our estimated arrival time on the way to a call. 

Do you have to document your snake relocations?

Yes. We are a licensed business and report the catch and relocation of all of our snakes and wildlife to the Department of Environment and Science. 

Can snakes climb?

Yes, whilst most non-venomous snakes are great climbers there are only a small selection of venomous snakes that can climb. 

If I have a snake removed will I get more?

There are a number of factors that can cause a snake to be attracted to a property so if you ahe pet food or chickens outside attracting rats and mice your home may attract more. Usually we don't see various snakes frequent the same property, but they don't have a visitor check in either. 

Should I be scared of snakes?

No, you should have a healthy respect for them and educating yourself on snakes could help you overcome any phobias you may be subjecting yourself to regarding these reptiles. 

How much does a snake catcher cost?

We want to continue our conservation work and so your fee helps us continue to provide our wildlife rescue service. We charge a flat fee from $120 plus GST. Call us anytime for a free no obligation quote on a call out or roof inspection at your property. 

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