An eastern brown snake proved a particularly tricky quarry for a snake catcher in Queensland recently. On the first callout, to a home in Rosemount, the snake could not be found. On the second, on July 19, the snake took a lunge and its pursuer.
The eastern brown snake is one of the most deadly snakes in the world.
Stuart McKenzie of Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 wrote in a Facebook post: “This was one of the most dodgy brown snake calls I have been on in a long time. I came out a few weeks ago to try and catch this snake but couldn’t find him.”
McKenzie got the second call on Friday, July 19, telling him the snake had been seen out in the sun. McKenzie arrived, and spotted the snake while he was standing with his back to a steep bank. This left him with nowhere to go, so he hoped the snake would turn around. Unfortunately, he wrote on Facebook, “the exact opposite happened,” leaving McKenzie face to face with the snake and in a tight spot.
As McKenzie tried to hook the snake and pull it towards him, the snake “used this added momentum” to spring forward and escape past him.
Video recorded by Christopher Soul, a sub-contractor for McKenzie, shows the tense encounter, and the snake eventually being safely bagged. Credit: Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 via Storyful