Highly Venomous Snakes Caught While Mating With Heads Up Drainpipe, Video Shows

Snake catchers in Australia were called to attend a home on Monday after two Eastern Brown snakes were discovered mating with their heads sticking up a drainpipe.

The Eastern Browns, considered the second deadliest species of snake in the world, had crawled into the drainpipe to conduct their mating session. The male snake was irate at the disturbance by the team of Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, and became aggressive.

The mating snakes were caught by company owner and operator Stuart McKenzie at a home in Nambour, Queensland, Australia. The video was posted on the team's Facebook page and can be seen here. The footage also includes the capture of a third Eastern Brown snake, which had been found at a construction site.

The mating pair had been relatively small, but the construction site snake was a large individual.

"When we arrived the snakes had their heads in the pipe so I was able to sneak up on them. I grabbed them both at the same time however one slipped out when I tried to pull them out of the pipe," McKenzie said. "Thankfully in the end I was able to get them both bagged up with the help of [team mate] Olivia."

The Eastern Brown snake is found throughout eastern Australia, from Queensland to South Australia, and it can be identified by its brown skin and coloration ranging from near-black to light tan, chestnut. Occasionally, the species can even take on a burnt orange hue.

The Australian Museum points out that these are the most commonly encountered snake in Australia because of their ability to thrive in urban areas like towns and cities.

October is mating season for Eastern Brown snakes, so it isn't surprising for snake catchers to be called out to a mating pair. Both males and females become very active during this period.

According to the Australian Museum, this species of snake accounts for more human deaths than any other in Australia. When a human is bitten by an eastern brown snake that bite is often initially painless. This is because this species of reptile has short fangs, especially venomous snake, commonly no longer than a tenth of an inch, around 3 millimeters.

The bite of an Eastern Brown snake also typically delivers very little venom, around 4 milligrams, but what this venom lacks in volume, it makes up for in potency. The venom of the Eastern Brown is so potent that the species is considered the second most venomous snake in the world, after the inland taipan.

Containing powerful neurotoxins and cardiotoxins, a successful envenomation can result in progressive paralysis and uncontrollable bleeding. This means that any suspected Eastern Brown snake bite should be treated as a medical emergency.

As a precaution against the species, the Australian Museum says untrained people should avoid attempting to capture or kill these reptiles. It adds that while exploring the outdoors in the territory of the Eastern Brown snake, walkers should wear long trousers, thick socks, and solid footwear, all of which can reduce the chance of a bite.

Given the reputation of the Eastern Brown snake, it's little wonder that experienced handler McKenzie looks a little nervous after the encounter. "You just disturbed him from a nice little mating session, I'd be pissed off too," Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 team member, Olivia, told McKenzie.

Eastern Brown Snake
A stock image of an eastern brown snake. Snake catchers in Australia were called to a home to catch two mating eastern brown snakes. gorgar64/getty