“I was in shock!” Monster red-bellied black snake caught in Qld


A MASSIVE 1.8 metre red-bellied black snake has been captured in Brisbane, with the size of the venomous creature even giving the snake catcher chills.

Bryce Lockett from Snake Catchers Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan and the Gold Coast was called out to retrieve the slithering serpent from the Belmont Shooting Range after a groundskeeper spotted its head poking out from underneath a concrete slab.


Speaking to 1029 Hot Tomato’s Flan, Emily Jade and Christo this morning, Mr Lockett said he was even “shocked at the sheer size of it”.

“After we started digging and getting the actual snake under the slab we could start to see the actual sheer size of it, with some of its body being the same width of my arm,” he told the breakfast hosts.

“We soon started to realise that it was a pretty decent sized red-belly black.

“To be honest, I was in shock about the sheer size of the scales… they were nearly equivalent to the same size as my finger nail! It was a very decent thickness snake.”

Red-bellied black snakes are usually a “dosile snake”, so Mr Lockett said thankfully that was an advantage when they pulled him out from under the slab.

“He was pretty relaxed, he came quietly and he didn’t give us any trouble,” he said.

Despite there being no recorded human deaths from red-bellied black snake bites, Mr Lockett said he was still extremely cautious.

“They are a venomous snake, however when compared with the Eastern brown they are quite down on the list,” he said.

“The reason why the venom potency is so different is because the Eastern Brown, he needs his venom to kill rats and mice very quickly. Where the red-belly black is more of a frog eater… so his venom is more directed to the frogs and his sort of food source and that’s where the difference is.”

“There hasn’t been any recorded deaths from a red-belly bite, but it’s something I definitely did not want to get bitten by!”

The local snake catcher said the warmer weather is what’s brought the reptiles out, along with the snake breeding season.

“This time of year is breeding season, so what he was doing was cruising around looking for a mate,” he said.

Mr Lockett confirmed that after being captured, the slithering serpent was released back into a safe place.

“With the relocation of him the sort of areas that we look for is somewhere that’s really dense in creek and swamp land, where there’s no roads or houses nearby and where he is going to be able to do his thing,” he said.

While the red-bellied black is considered less venomous than other Australian snakes, they can still cause serious harm and people are urged to seek medical assistance immediately.

Symptoms of a red-bellied black snake bite can include bleeding, swelling, nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, sweating, local or general muscle pain and weakness.