'He Doesn't Like You!' 2-Meter-Long Venomous Snake Lunges at Catcher

A two-meter-long Eastern brown snake was removed from underneath a home in Kureelpa, Queensland, on October 7, with local snake catcher Stuart McKenzie avoiding a lunge by the reptile after he got it out into the open.

McKenzie’s company, Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, was called to the scene by the residents of the house. In a Facebook post featuring the video, McKenzie called it “one of the most dangerous snake call-outs I have been on in a while.”

That the snake was an Eastern brown snake – whose venom ranks as the second most toxic of any land snake in the world – was bad enough, but he also had to deal with the fact that it had made itself at home in the “three-foot gap” under the house. McKenzie’s plan was to “get something long and give him a bit of a tickle” to get the snake moving and encourage him toward a doorway.

The 20-minute operation finished a success. However, McKenzie noted that one unintended consequence was that, when guided to the doorway, the snake “guarded the entrance for about five minutes and wouldn’t let me out.”

When he did manage to get out, he still had to contend with one last sudden lunge from the snake.

But having escaped uninjured, McKenzie then took the snake away. Much to the undoubted relief of those who made the call for his services. Credit: Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 via Storyful

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