Some 100 Australian snakes are venomous, although only 12 are likely to inflict a wound that could kill you.
The most dangerous snakes belong to the front-fanged group, which in NSW include the tiger snake, brown snake, death adder, mulga or king brown snake and a few species of sea snake.
Australia's other snakes are the solid-toothed non-venomous snakes (such as pythons, blind snakes and file snakes) and venomous rear-fanged snakes (such as the brown tree snake and mangrove snakes).
Living with snakes
Snakes are not naturally aggressive and always prefer to retreat. They will only attack humans if hurt or provoked and most bites occur when people try to kill or capture snakes. If you come across a snake in the bush, just calmly walk the other way.
If you find a snake in your home or garden and would like it removed, contact your nearest snake catcher on the reptile handler list (PDF 110KB).