Mildly Venomous, may require medical treatment
Growing to roughly 80cm (Avg 50cm)
The Marsh Snake is a common backyard visitor that can be found in swampy and well watered areas where frogs are abundant. Not a very defensive snake, however it will bite readily if handled. Marsh Snakes are most commonly encountered basking around both natural and artificial water sources or sheltering beneath ground lying debris. They are also known as the Black Bellied Swamp Snake due to their dark black belly. They are best identified by the multiple small lines travelling back through the snake’s face. After each breeding season pregnant females give birth to between 4-20 live young.
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.