Wildlife Solutions
If you see a snake call a snake catcher.  You can contact us or find a complete list of local snake catchers on the Townsville Snake Catchers Facebook page. 
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Wildlife Services

Living with wildlife in North Queensland can be challenging at times.

The experts at Hands on Wildlife are here to help.  We offer advice and variety of wildlife removal and relocation services.


If you or someone else has been bitten by a snake apply correct first aid and call 000 immediately.

Snakes are a part of life in Australia.  Townsville has over 30 different species of snake, over half of those snakes are venomous.  If you have a snake in or around your house, school or workplace it is vital to leave it alone and call in an expert.  The majority of people who are bitten by snakes are trying to catch or kill the snake.

If you see a snake call a snake catcher.  You can contact us or find a complete list of local snake catchers on the Townsville Snake Catchers Facebook page.  Remove any children and pets from the area and keep an eye on the snake from a safe distance while you call and wait for the snake catcher, so that they are able to easily find the snake.

It takes years of experience to be able to identify snakes correctly, that is why it is so important to call a snake catcher who can provide an accurate ID and remove the snake safely. If you have been bitten by a snake, assume that it is venomous and apply first aid right away.  If you have a photo of a snake that you would like us to ID text or email the photo and location to us or post on the Townsville Snake Catchers Facebook page. Find out more about the snakes commonly seen around Townsville here.

It is important to know how to correctly apply first aid for snake bite and have your first aid kit easily accessible.

Snake Bite First Aid

We recommend you have a Rescue Swag handy, so that you have your snake bite bandages easily accessible no matter where you go.



While we can all agree that possums are extremely cute, they can cause a lot of problems when they become trapped in houses or buildings. Possums are a protected species and may only be relocated by a qualified permit holder. As possums are very territorial, they may only be relocated 25 meters from where they were removed from. Find out more about living with possums here.

The first step is to ensure that it is possums causing the problem, often upon inspection we find rats not possums. We recommend you contact a pest control company to confirm the presence of possums.

If it is a possum we are permitted to conduct relocations with a nest box. Cost for this service is $250.00 for the Townsville area. Please contact us for rates for outside the Townsville area. Please note that we are able to provide advice on repairs that need to be made to exclude possums in the future, but we are not able to make the repairs.


If you find a sick or injured flying fox or micro bat please do not touch or pick up the bat. Call NQ Wildlife Care at 0414 717 374.

Living with Flying Foxes:


Living with Micro Bats:



Scrub Turkeys

Scrub Turkeys can become problematic when they begin nesting behaviours in gardens.  There are steps you can take to deter scrub turkeys.


Scrub Turkeys are a protected species and the department of environment and heritage protection must approve their removal and relocation.


Swooping Birds

Magpies and Plovers are some of the most dedicated and protective parents in the animal world, and that is why some of them swoop.  The swooping season is very short and there are many precautions you can take if you have a swooping magpie nearby.

  • Post signs and make others aware of the swooping birds.
  • Carry an umbrella or provide umbrellas near the area where the magpie is swooping.
  • If possible, block access to the area so that people can avoid the birds.





North Queensand is Croc Country!

It is easy to stay safe in Croc Country and still do all the great outdoor activities the region has to offer.

For more information on ways to stay croc wise click here.