Growing to 1m (Avg 40cm)
Keelback snakes can be readily found in good numbers all across the Gold Coast. They inhabit well watered areas, and are frequently associated with creeks and ponds. They feed primarily on frogs, and are one of the few animals in Australia to be able to eat a Cane Toad and survive. They get their name from the ‘Keel’ found in the middle of each of their individual scales, giving their scales a rough texture. When harassed, the Keelback releases a bad scent, in the hope of remaining uneaten. After each breeding season, pregnant females give birth to between 5 and 12 eggs.
SEE ALSO: ROUGH SCALED SNAKE
It’s important to realise that many species of snake can vary in colour, pattern and size. This often makes it very hard to make a positive identification of the snake. You should always assume that a snake is highly venomous, keep your family and pets at a safe distance and call a Gold Coast snake catcher.