Australian Snake Catcher Releases 4 Red-Bellied Snakes Into Wild at Same Time

An Australian snake catcher worked up a sweat removing four red-bellied black snakes from a compost area at a home in Maleny, Queensland, recently.

Stuart McKenzie of Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 released a video of himself carefully removing the slithery quartet from the compost one snake at a time on Facebook on November 11.

At the end of the footage, McKenzie holds the four snakes by their tails before releasing them all at once into the wild. As they squiggle off in opposite directions, McKenzie says, “That’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.” Credit: Stuart McKenzie via Storyful

Video transcript

STUART MCKENZIE: Four snakes, and I'm not joking. We've seen photos, but apparently four red-bellies in, like, a green, waste two by two meter bin.

One's-- that one looks opaque. Yeah, so this is the opaque one. That's why I was able to sneak up on him, just because it's going through the shed cycle. So, that sort of played to my advantage, because he couldn't see me properly. Whereas the other one, saw me very well.


OK. That's all right. I'm hoping-- yeah, it looks like they're just, sort of, tucked in, down there.

- I can see one. There's like two pots [INAUDIBLE] in between.

- Oh, oh! There he is.

STUART MCKENZIE: It's a red-belly in a pot.


- That's awesome.

STUART MCKENZIE: No, you come here.


Think that's a female. Nice one.

- Is it gravid?

STUART MCKENZIE: Maybe. Maybe the start, yeah. Go in there, with your friend.

- There's more movement here, Stu.


- See, just there?

STUART MCKENZIE: Mhm. Oh, he's coming.


STUART MCKENZIE: Yeah, that might be another female. Right, red-belly number three.


Cheeky thing. Yeah, I reckon that's a little, gravid female.

- Nice.

STUART MCKENZIE: And you're not injured, beautiful. One to go.

- Wiggle. Yeah.


- Holy--

STUART MCKENZIE: Yes. There's that one. That's the first one we saw, I reckon. All right. You undo that bag for me?

I don't usually have to work this hard. That is unreal. Four red-bellies. I'm going to check and see if there's any more. That's all that's been seen. So, that's amazing. None of them have been hurt. I'm a little bit dirty and sweaty. But, great result. Very healthy snakes. Now, we need to go find them somewhere a little bit better to live. And he's going to empty this, and take it to the tip.

All right. Let's let these four red-bellies go wherever they like. There you go. Oh. That's one of the coolest things I've ever done.