Snake Catcher Captures Deadly Venomous Serpent With His Bare Hands in Terrifying Video

A snake catcher caught a deadly venomous serpent with his bare hands after it was spotted slithering around someone's backyard.

Ryan Fuller was called out to a house in Queensland, Australia, after the homeowners spied an Eastern Brown snake, one of the country's deadliest serpents.

Fuller, part of Snake Rescue Sunny Coast along with partner Dimity Maxfield, managed to grab the snake just before it disappeared under a decking.

Surprisingly Fuller shunned gloves for the job, explaining they can impede his grip on the animal and it's actually easier to forgo them.

Chatting to Newsweek, he said: "Gloves can make the job harder and can get in the way as it's hard to tell if you have grabbed the snake and with the right amount of grip. It would be like trying to pick up a coin whilst wearing thick gloves.

"We also need to be able to feel the snakes movements, this allows us to determine what the snake is about to do next. you can feel their muscles tensing before you can see it. you don't get this feedback when wearing gloves."

He added the brown wasn't pleased with being relocated, saying he initially received the call about a "large Eastern Brown sunning itself next to the pool" around 8 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Fuller estimated the snake was between 3.9 and 4.9 feet long, adding: "He definitely wasn't happy about being grabbed but he was surprisingly docile for this species. Eastern Browns are known for their defensive display and erratic movement, often mistaken as aggression. There's a few points in the video where he attempted to come up but nothing serious."

Ryan Fuller catching a snake.
Ryan Fuller catching a snake.

Fuller filmed the entire capture via a camera he held in his mouth, while Maxfield was on hand with a bag to safely transport the snake away from the residential area.

"The snake was relocated back into the bush in an area we know there is lots of food and water, well away from people and their houses to avoid them coming in contact with people or pets in the future," he said.

Fuller, who's been a snake catcher for three years, explained there's always a risk of being attacked, but so far he's managed to escape being punctured by an Eastern Brown.

"There's always the possibility of getting bitten but I wouldn't say that it's a fear. We understand the risks of this type of work. I've only ever been bitten by Pythons (non venomous). That's the same with my partner too," he said.

Australian Geographic lists the Eastern Brown as Australia's most dangerous snake, saying: "Its venom causes progressive paralysis and stops the blood from clotting, which may take many doses of antivenom to reverse. Victims may collapse within a few minutes."

The Eastern Brown Snake Fuller captured.
The Eastern Brown Snake Fuller captured. Snake catcher Fuller confirmed the snake was relocated into the bush. Dimity Maxfield/Snake Rescue Sunny Coast

Queensland Museum states the venom is "strongly neurotoxic," writing: "This species is dangerously venomous and has been responsible for many human deaths."

Fuller shared the heart-stopping clip of the catch to Reddit's Nextf******level forum on Monday, where it's amassed 73,000 upvotes in a few hours.

"Catching an Australian Easter Brown at the last second. 2nd most venomous snake in the world," he captioned the footage. In the comments, he claimed it was one of the "most heart-racing catches I've done in a while."

Responding to the video, Patdap wrote: "Props to the snake catcher. I would have been good up until the head of the snake pointed towards me. It would be full on little girl scream and throwing it quickly once that happened."

DrTenochtitlan said: "It's about the most venomous in the world. It's bite is worse than that of a King Cobra. If you're bit, you could lose consciousness in just a few minutes."

"Scariest game of tug-o-war ever," bowlofbacon joked.

Ryan Fuller catching a snake.
Snake catcher Ryan Fuller grabbed the snake at the last minute, before it slithered under a deck in someone's back yard. Dimity Maxfield/Snake Rescue Sunny Coast

Slagthor_ noted: "I like how he just goes running right after it."

Fuller responded to numerous people's comments, confirming they carry compression bandages with them to slow the spread of venom if they get bitten, which "keeps us alive long enough to get to the hospital" for anti-venom.

"A fully grown Eastern Brown's fangs are on average 2.5mm. they're tiny, but all they need is a scratch to be effective," he said.

And he revealed when he feels the snake is about to strike, he throws it off balance with "a little wiggle."

"Worst case scenario. unconscious in 5 minutes, dead in 20 without medical treatment," Fuller admitted.

Dimity Maxfield and the eastern brown snake.
The snake handlers from Snake Rescue Sunny Coast popped the venomous snake in a bag after capturing it. Dimity Maxfield / Ryan Fuller/Snake Rescue Sunny Coast