Reptile specialists responding to a call from a snake in a young child’s bedroom in Flinders View, Queensland, were shocked to find it one of the deadliest in the world.
The brown snake is the second most venomous land snake in the world. Its bite can cause rapid bleeding and heart failure.
Native to Eastern and Central Australia, brown snakes were responsible for 41% of identified snake bite victims in Australia between 2005 and 2015, and for 15 of 19 snakebite deaths in the same period.
Snake Catchers Ipswich & Logan posted a video on their Facebook showing the potentially deadly creature slithering through the bedroom before capturing it safely and returning it to the wild.
The video on their Facebook page, they explained that snakes often sneak into houses through open doors and windows, as well as through small openings, such as in garage doors. In some cases, they can be brought in by pets.
They don’t even have to make it indoors to cause a problem.
Last month, a Queensland woman named Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers after a deadly Eastern Brown Snake walked into her yard and tried to have sex with her garden hose.
A video clip obtained by the Daily Star shows the snake catcher entering the woman’s garden, before panicking when he realized what he had found: “He mates with the snake,” he says in the video.
He continued, “I think there is a second serpent there, but it mates with the serpent as opposed to the serpent … they get confused with the serpent and mate with the serpent.”
Eastern Brown Snakes are not to be confused with the mall, shy, non-venomous brown snake sometimes kept as a pet by reptile enthusiasts in America.
You really only want the American kind in your home. If that.