TERRITORY SNAKE CATCHING SERVICES
Wildcar does not offer a snake removal service or snake awareness courses. Please see contact detail below for Snake call outs.
Snake Call Out (Darwin to Noonamah) 1800 453 210
Chris Peberdy, Reptile Wrangler* (Darwin and rural areas) 0409 326 307
Reedy’s Reptiles (Katherine and Tindal) 0407 924 252
Alice Springs Reptile Centre (Alice Springs) 0407 983 276
*denotes this is a voluntary non contracted service
Are there Dangerous snakes in Darwin?
There are several snakes in the Darwin area which pose a serious risk to humans if bitten; the King Brown, Western Brown and Death Adder.
The Western Brown is most commonly encountered in suburban Darwin where the Death Adder is mainly encountered in the rural areas.
The King Brown or Mulga snake was once the largest venomous snake found in the Darwin region, however is now very rarely encountered as it is suffering from the introduction of the Cane Toad.
Contrary to urban myth Coastal Taipans are few and far between in the Top End with only a handful ever caught in the outskirts of Darwin.
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How do I reduce the chances of a snake entering my yard or house?
- Control any mice and rats living in or around your house.
- Remove hiding places such as rubbish piles and building materials.
- Remove food sources that attract rats and mice such as grain and pet food.
- Exclude snakes from entering your house by blocking access holes into ceiling space and using weather stripping on doors and windows.
- Maintain a clear belt around your house free of shrubbery, debris and long grass.
- Keep your garden neat and tidy; if you have compost heaps or wood piles keep them well away from your house.
Remember having birds in cages or large fish ponds will increase the likelihood of snakes coming into your yard looking for food or water.
Many people who have moved to the Top End live in areas of natural bushland and must remember that snakes are just as much a part of the native terrain as possums, frogs or birds.