Video Shows Highly Venomous Eastern Brown Snake Tangled Up in Pet Cat's Collar

An Australian cat owner says her pet is recovering after it was bitten by a highly-venomous eastern brown snake that somehow became tangled in its collar.

Experts from Snake Catchers Adelaide shared a video to Facebook on Sunday showing the reptile being removed from the neck of the cat, named Kit. The footage was filmed after the team responded to a call from owner Goldie Rock, who lives in the Christies Beach area.

While the cat received treatment and is now expected to survive, the snake was unfortunately killed during the encounter, Snake Catchers Adelaide said.

"Kit is recovering indoors," Rock said in a comment under the group's post and video.

"We took him to the vet even though [he was] not showing symptoms, just to be sure. They did a test and he had eastern brown venom in his blood. So he's had antivenom and fluids overnight. Phew."

In the 26-second clip uploaded online, the team's veteran catcher Steve Brown can be heard telling the cat "you're alright mate, you're alright" while attempting to pull the seemingly-deceased reptile out of its collar.

Rolly Burrell, founder of Snake Catchers Adelaide, told media outlet 10daily it was rare to see such an entanglement, saying he had only dealt with it twice in about 40 years of experience.

"The cat had bitten the snake in the middle and was running around with it," he said. "The snake managed to get its head through the collar and hang over the other side while the cat kept walking around. It's not catching the snake that's tricky it's getting the cat to come to you."

Snake Catchers Adelaide says the eastern brown is the second most venomous land snake in the world and the most common snake found in South Australia. "Thank you Goldie and great news about your cat," the group's post said in response to her glowing review.

Burrell said the reptile's heart was close to where the cat would have been biting, and urged owners to keep pets indoors, saying snakes need protection from domesticated animals.

"They're not here to hurt us in any way and, when they do, I don't blame them," he told 10daily, referencing the reptiles. "I'm more scared of the humans than the snakes half the time!"

Rang Snake Catchers Adelaide because my cat had a snake caught in his collar. No bull. Super understanding mob. Super quick to arrive and got the snake out no worries. Looked my cat over. Brilliant work. Super relieved. Cat was bit but had antivenom and is recovering. Fully recommend. Recommended by Goldie Rock. Thank you Goldie and great news about your cat. “To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email licensing@storyful.com”

Posted by Snake Catchers Adelaide on Saturday, December 7, 2019

The South Australia government says that citizens should not attempt to catch or kill snakes because most bites occur when the reptiles feel threatened and defend themselves.

"Some species, like the eastern brown snake, seem well-adapted to co-exist with humans. In urban environments its diet consists mainly of introduced species like rats and mice," it says.

In October, Australian wildlife expert Barry Goldsmith uploaded a photo to social media showing an eastern brown snake that had slithered dangerously close to two children. Like Burrell, he too said citizens should be careful, but stressed that snakes should be respected.

There is little doubt their venomous bites can be serious, however. The same month, a brown snake was linked to the death of a 68-year-old man who was bitten while camping in the Northern Territory. Last month, an Australian man said he called his loved ones to say goodbye after mistakenly believing a tiger snake bite would prove fatal.

Eastern brown snake
A deadly Australia eastern brown snake -- which has enough venom to kill 20 adults with a single bite -- is photographed in the Sydney suburb of Terrey Hills on September 25, 2012. WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty