Eastern browns are gorgeous

(6 October 2017). Tamborine Mountain is home to 18 species of snakes, 6 of those are non-venomous. Another 6 are venomous, but not a danger to humans. That leaves enough reason to be cautious, including the illustrious Eastern Brown.
Don’t think Eastern Browns are abundant. Snake catchers are most certainly called in each time an eastern brown is observed; nevertheless we don’t catch more than two per year on Tamborine Mountain. It’s a rarity.
The best remedy in case of an encounter is not to move. During the snake handling course – for the license – we experienced this first hand: in the small training room in the Youngman center we were standing in a circle while a dozen or so venomous snakes were released, including a rough scale and a red belly black. It requires some self-control not to move with an eastern brown is climbing up your leg… but it is perfectly safe: humans are too big to be considered a consumable snack.
Panicking might be a deadly response though, as it annoys our slithering friends (then turning enemies). Only two people die from snake bites each year, nation wide, three quarters from bites by eastern browns… none of those in snake handling courses. The classic victim is the white male in his 20s, 30s or 40s, slightly influenced by alcohol, ‘protecting hearth and home’ and guided by his male ego. Please girls, stop him! Snakes will leave, if left alone. But, if you like to give them some support to ‘bugger off’, then call a snake handler. Don’t handle snakes yourself (it is dangerous and unlawful) and most certainly don’t (attempt to) kill them.
In the booklet ‘The Snakes of Tamborine Mountain’ all our local snakes are described, and pictured, and no other snakes (no information overload… where else do you find that nowadays??). That is to say: a few snakes living around – but not on – the mountain are also included, like the taipan and keelback. The booklet includes practical descriptions, useful for identification. You might think that I plug my own book – yes, I am the author – but that is not true: all proceeds (of only $ 9/book) go to Landcare. The booklet can be bought at the Landcare Piccabeen bookshop, behind Three Little Pigs at Main Street.
That leaves alone that you will find very pretty pictures and descriptions of snakes in Green Island in the Sky! And yes, that is indeed plugging my own book.