Snakes are native animals and are therefore protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. It is an offence to kill, injure or take snakes from the wild.
Living with snakes
Snakes play an important role in maintaining the natural environment and make up a significant number of middle order predators that keep natural ecosystems working.
Snakes are often attracted to yards and houses when food and shelter are unknowingly provided by the human inhabitants. They are also attracted to areas that harbour rodents, chickens, rats, mice and possums.
You can take steps to reduce the attractiveness of your house and yard to snakes by keeping it tidy and well-maintained.
If you keep birds or poultry, ensure your hen-house or aviary is kept clean and hygienic.
Tidy up your yard in the colder months and ensure any timber piles are neatly stacked preventing shelter for rodents and snakes.
Nurseries and greenhouses are warm environments and can also attract snakes. Keep your nursery and greenhouse tidy and elevate trays to ensure visibility.
Can I keep a snake as a pet?
Exotic (non-indigenous) snakes can only be kept by registered zoos and wildlife parks upon approval of a permit issued by Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
Native snakes may be kept only upon obtaining a licence issued by the Department of Environment and Science.
Keeping a snake as a pet can be a great source of enjoyment, however strict regulations are in place regarding the breeding, sale and keeping of snakes in Queensland.
If you would like further information on the management and keeping of snakes, please contact the Department of Environment and Science.
You can also find out what snakes live near you.