Are all snakes dangerous or are some friendly? And what do snakes eat?

Last updated: November 8, 2016

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A photo of Lauren from WA holding a large carpet python Hi Lauren,

What a magnificent Burmese python with you in your photo.

Carpet pythons, like many snakes in Australia, are not dangerous or deadly to humans.

The Carpet Python diet consists mainly of small mammals, bats, birds and lizards. Carpet Pythons are not venomous. Instead, they kill their prey by constricting (squeezing) it until it suffocates.

Australia is home to many snakes that are non-venomous, such as carpet pythons and the green tree snake. However, Australia also has many venomous snakes. In fact, out of the top ten most venomous snakes in the world all ten of them can be found in Australia!

It is interesting that just because a snake is the most venomous in the world, this doesn’t mean that it’s the most dangerous to humans. Most snakes in Australia are shy and would rather run away or hide quietly than bite someone.

All snakes should be treated with extreme caution and be left alone. All venomous snakes have the potential to be dangerous to people. Snakes are protected by law in Australia against harm from humans, yet another reason to leave them alone.

Thanks for your great question and amazing photo!

Billy

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