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					                                                                   Pest alert
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
                                          Biosecurity Queensland


                                                                                                                                                       Declared Class 1

                                                                   American corn snakes could be in your area.
                                                                   Call Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 if you see this pest.
                                                                             •	 It	is	illegal	to	keep	them	in	Queensland.
                                                                             •	 They	may	carry	new	diseases.
                                                                             •	 Colour	patterns	may	vary,	but	normally	vivid	reddish	or	orange	blotches	with	black	edges.
                                                                             •	 Predate	on	small	mammals	and	reptiles.
                                                                             •	 Early	detection	helps	protect	Queensland’s	natural	environment.




                                                                   Photos courtesy of John White


                                                                   American corn snake (Elaphe guttata)
                                                                   Description                                                    Class 1 pests are not commonly present or established
                                                                                                                                  in Queensland and have the potential to cause impacts
                                                                   The American corn snake is an attractive reptile that is       to whole of part of the State. The introduction, keeping,
                                                                   primarily nocturnal and highly variable in colour. Most        releasing and supplying of a Class 1 pest is not possible
                                                                   adults display vivid reddish or orange blotches edged          without a permit, for special purposes, issued by
                                                                   in black, on a grey or orange background. The colour           Biosecurity Queensland.
                                                                   intensifies with age. The snake reaches its adult length
                                                                   of 1–1.5 m within 3–5 years. Albino or light-coloured          What should I do?
                                                                   specimens are readily available in the American and
                                                                   European pet trade. The colouration pattern on the             Biosecurity Queensland encourages people to report
                                                                   snake’s underside is similar to a variety of multi-coloured,   this Class 1 pest animal and to take actions to help stop
                                                                   ornamental corn.                                               the establishment, prevent the spread, and to control
                                                                                                                                  this pest.
                                                                   In its native region, the American corn snake lives in
                                                                   dry fields where it hunts for small mammals (e.g. mice),       If you have seen this pest, please contact your local
                                                                   reptiles and insects. The snake is harmless to humans but      government officer or Biosecurity Queensland.
                                                                   will strike if disturbed to scare off predators. Corn snakes
                                                                   are constrictors, wrapping one or two coils around their       Further information
                                                                   prey and squeezing until the victim suffocates.                Further information is available from your local
                                                                                                                                  government office, or by contacting Biosecurity
                                                                   Declaration details                                            Queensland (call 13 25 23 or visit our website at
                                                                                                                                  www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au).
                                                                   The American corn snake is a Class 1 declared pest
                                                                   animal under Queensland legislation.

				
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