AN elderly couple who found one of the deadliest snakes in the world in their dining room did the right thing by calling an expert, a Townsville snake catcher said.
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Joe Mackereth was called out to a residential home in Condon on Wednesday about noon to reports of an eastern brown snake inside the home.
The volunteer snake catcher said the residents had lived in North Queensland for some time and knew what to do.
“They kept a keen eye on it and called a snake catcher,” he said.
He soon wrangled the snake and released it into nearby bushland as required by law, but not before his fellow snake enthusiasts took a look at it.
Eastern brown snakes are considered the second most venomous land snake. They can be aggressive and are responsible for about 60 per cent of snake bite deaths in Australia.
Greg Calvert, a Townsville biologist with about 40 years of experience in catching snakes, captured this photo of the snake.
“Dangerous snakes like this eastern brown are quite rare locally compared to non-venomous species like carpet pythons and tree snakes, which are all through the suburbs and perform valuable rodent control,” he said.
“Photographing snakes like this takes a lot of care, experience and understanding snake behaviour. I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners.”