Grandson Drags Highly Venomous Snake from Grandma's Home by Its Tail

An Australian snake catcher who removed a deadly eastern brown snake from a home on Sunday has advised local residents against taking encounters into their own hands, warning one wrong move could have serious consequences.

Stuart McKenzie, from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, was called to a property in the town of Buderim after a woman's grandson grabbed the venomous snake by the tail and dragged it outside as it attempted to enter her garage, 9News reported.

Arriving at the scene, McKenzie found the snake had moved to under a rock. He said it was a relatively rare sight in the region and expressed shock at its length.

"Wow, look at the size of this thing," McKenzie was heard saying in a video showing the encounter. "In Buderim of all places! That is a five foot eastern brown snake." He was able to use a set of specialized tongs to capture the reptile and relocate it.

According to a species profile from the Australian Museum, brown snakes are known to prefer open landscapes such as woodlands, scrublands and grasslands.

"Now it's not very often we get eastern brown snakes in Buderim, in fact I believe I have only caught four or five in about seven years," McKenzie said. "This snake was far from the centre of town but even so all it wanted to do was hide away from humans."

The veteran snake catcher said the eastern brown had been "pretty chilled for the most part" but warned that attempting to remove the snake can be very dangerous.

"Even if a snake is going inside your home or garage please don't ever try and catch or grab the snake yourself, it can potentially end very badly. The best thing to do is back away and call us to come and relocate it. Luckily the guy didn't get bitten and when he let the snake go it sheltered under a rock in the front garden," he wrote.

A description of the species on the Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 website warns the eastern brown is documented as the second most toxic land snake in the world. If not treated correctly and urgently, a bite from the species can result in death.

The dangers were broadly echoed by the Australian Museum, which said it poses a real threat to humans despite often choosing to flee if approached from a distance. However, the species has been known to act defensively if surprised or caught off guard.

"The venom contains powerful presynaptic neurotoxins, procoagulants, cardiotoxins and nephrotoxins, and successful envenomation can result in progressive paralysis and uncontrollable bleeding. Occasional fatalities have occurred as a result of bleeding into the brain due to coagulation disturbances," the museum says on its website.

The eastern brown snake has the "unfortunate distinction of causing more deaths from snake bite than any other species of snake in Australia," the species profile adds.

Eastern Brown Snake Capture
A screenshot from a video uploaded to Facebook on Sunday November 22, 2020, by Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, showing the capture of a 5-foot long eastern brown snake. Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7