'Massive' Venomous Snake Found Hiding Underneath Air Con: 'Unbelievable'

A "massive" venomous snake has been spotted hiding beneath an air conditioning unit at a home in eastern Australia.

Stuart McKenzie with local business Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 posted a video of the incident to Facebook on Monday.

McKenzie found the snake after being called to a home in Nambour, in Australia's Sunshine Coast Region.

The snake catcher had received a report from the home owner regarding a "reasonable sized" black colored snake.

As he was driving to the property, McKenzie said in the video that he hoped the serpent in question was a red-bellied black snake.

"Haven't caught one of those in a little while," McKenzie said in the video.

Red-bellied black snakes are a venomous species found in the eastern portion of Australia. These snakes are black in color with a characteristic pink or red belly, as the name suggests. On average they grow to around 4 feet in length.

When McKenzie arrived at the home in Nambour, his wish was granted. The snake catcher spotted a red-belly hiding beneath an air conditioning unit just outside the house. But the size of the serpent shocked the experienced snake catcher.

McKenzie said he estimated the snake to measure around 5 feet in length, noting that it was thicker than his wrist at some points.

"To my surprise when I looked under the air con, I found myself staring at one of the biggest red-bellied black snakes I have ever seen. What a thick and healthy snake," McKenzie wrote in the Facebook post.

McKenzie used his snake hook to pull the red-belly out from under the air con, before eventually placing the serpent in a special bag.

"That is unbelievable. That has made my day. That's huge," he said in the video.

As McKenzie held the snake up to the camera, the animal lunged at him a couple of times. While red-bellies have a reputation for being aggressive, the snakes tend to be shy and will avoid humans when they can.

According to the Australian Museum, they will only deliver a serious bite if they feel threatened. The bite of red belly can cause serious discomfort and may even require medical attention.

Despite this, there have been no confirmed human deaths resulting from the bite of a red-belly in Australia, according to a factsheet provided by the state of Victoria.

Symptoms of a red-belly bite can include bleeding and/or swelling at the bite site, nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal pain, diarrhea, sweating, muscle pain and weakness, among others.

Many people who are bitten by one of these snakes, however, will only experience mild or negligible symptoms.

A red-bellied black snake
Stock image showing a red-bellied black snake. A snake catcher has captured one of the biggest red-bellied black snakes he has ever seen.