- Rainforest in many areas around Cairns means the snakes present are more likely to be pythons than venomous snakes: thus there are plenty of snakes (which are quite visible because pythons can climb and can easily get into trees, decks and roofspaces.
- There are plenty of snakes in sugar cane, but they tend to stay in there most of the year
- Because of the warm weather snakes don't need to "sun" themselves like their southern cousins.
- Of the venomous snakes (we have many across the cairns region: brown snakes, death adders, taipans and red belly black snakes (often with a pale or pink rather than red belly), taipan bites seem to be relatively common (probably because taipans are fairly aggressive): these dogs die before they get to the vet. Black snakes are relatively non-aggressive.
- I really don't know why we don't see more Brown Snake and Death Adder bites. At Cairns Vet Clinic we haven't had to give snake anti-venom for years (though some vets further north, south or on the tablelands use it more regulagly): most of the suspect bites I have seen turn out to be something else. A handful die on the way to the Vet Clinic or upon arrival: probably taipan bites.
Supervise (preferably on a lead) your dog during walks.