'We've Lost a Snake': Catcher Scours Rental Car for Missing Reptile

A Queensland snake catcher was left scouring his rental car in search for a snake recently after it managed to wriggled free from its bag.

Footage posted to Facebook by Joshua Castle, a Brisbane-based catcher, shows him removing the snake after finding it eventually under a seat.

“Well, this doesn’t happen every day! But a snake managed to get out of my knotted bag and went missing in action for a little bit there!” the caption accompanying the post read. Credit: Joshua Castle via Storyful

Video transcript

JOSHUA CASTLE: All right, so we've lost a snake. Yeah, so we got a loan car at the moment from the insurance. I put a snake in the bag, but I haven't got my clips with me because they're with my other car. Yeah, I tied it, and it pushed out of my knot, and now I don't know where it is in the car.

So I have a suspicion it's probably under the-- we've had to fold the seats down to fit my monitor tube in. I have a feeling it might be under the fold. I've had a quick look under the front seats if I could find it, but yeah. So we're going to pull some stuff out and pull the rear seats up, and hope it's in there. Because if it's not, someone's going to get a surprise.

It might come around this side. You just want to go maybe through that door, just in case that he [MUTED]. Can you see from there? All right, lift that one.

- Yeah.

JOSHUA CASTLE: Damn, so it's not under that one. Oh [MUTED]

- How big is it?

JOSHUA CASTLE: I mean, you'd see it. Well, I was really hoping that-- aw, it goes under there too. It might be under the spare tire. Oh, here it is. You can come around.

So he's in there. So look at that. Little cheeky [MUTED]. Oh, hey. Think this was a bit of a biter, too.


So that would have been bad if we lost him in a loan car. But yeah, unfortunately, I just haven't got any clips to clip the bags up, and he got out quick. I only got him today, and he already pushed out, so. My knots have been known not to be the best though. But yeah, thankfully we got him, so we can go let him go.

So just a disclaimer. Anything venomous gets a few extra safety precautions. So we always use safety clips with anything venomous, and nine times out of ten, we'd also put them in a container after the fact that they've been caught. So in a bag, then in a locked container. Anything non-venomous, we just are pretty relaxed, and they'll just go in a bag with a knot, usually.

Generally, we just go straight to a release right from the catch anyway. But yeah, she's been a little bit busy at the moment, and it's why she had a little bit more time to push out. But yeah, thanks for watching, guys. We'll catch you guys on the next one.