YET another deadly eastern brown snake has been caught on the Gold Coast – and this one trumps the rest.
Gold Coast snake wrangler Tony Harrison was called out to remove the angry eastern brown from a woman’s house in Willowvale, near Upper Coomera, on Thursday afternoon.
Tony arrived at the house to find the deadly 1.9 metre snake curled up under a large garden rock.
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Tony’s wife Brooke filmed the heart-stopping moment the feisty reptile sprang out from its position and tried latching onto him as he lifted the rock. See the video below.
The professional snake catcher can be heard in the video running out of breath as he wrangles the cranky reptile while it repeatedly strikes at him.
After a tense few moments, Tony manages to feed the snake into a bag which is locked with not one, but two clamps.
The eastern brown snake is considered to be the second deadliest on the planet, surpassed only by the inland taipan.
“I have never seen an eastern brown do that before,” Brooke said. “That is seriously a first … an eastern brown actually trying to eat [Tony] like that.”
Tony admitted that, for the first time in 16 years, even he was scared.
“I pooped myself,” Tony said as he stopped to catch his breath moments after bagging the snake.
“It’s been over 16 years since I’ve had an arse pucker … then this,” he later wrote on Facebook.
“Everyone goes on about the one I caught at Ormeau, that was wide. The one we caught yesterday [Wednesday] was long … this one is wide and long.”
It’s been an early and extremely busy start to the season for Tony.
Thursday’s catch comes less than 24 hours after he was called out to bag a large eastern brown in Currumbin and two weeks after a chunky brown was removed from a house in Ormeau.
Last month, Tony was dispatched to catch a six-foot brown snake that had slithered into a house at Tallebudgera and wrapped itself around a child’s LEGO city.
Tony says the snakes are well and truly on the move, looking for a mate as the weather warms up.
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