Two Deadly Snakes Caught Trying to Mate in Australian Home: 'He Was Definitely a Man on a Mission'

Two highly venomous brown snakes were caught trying to mate in the home of an Australian family on Sunday.

The family, from Diddillibah in the country's Sunshine Coast region, called a local snake catcher to their house to remove an eastern brown snake from the yard.

But soon after the snake catcher caught the first serpent, the family spotted another one lingering on the property.

"A family in Diddillibah had a day full of surprises yesterday when they had not one but two brown snakes enter their yard in a matter of an hour," an official from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 wrote in a Facebook post.

"I came out and relocated the first stunningly striped brown snake and about 45 minutes later they called me back with a second one."

The first eastern brown snake was a female, while the second was a "big male" measuring close to six feet long.

"He was definitely a man on a mission to find the female," the snake catcher said.

The official said a total of three eastern brown snakes had been removed from the family's property in the past few weeks.

Australia is home to nine species of brown snakes—serpents belonging to the genus Pseudonaja.

These animals are among the most dangerous snakes in the world, with some species containing venom powerful enough to kill a human.

The largest of this genus is the eastern brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis), which is commonly found throughout the eastern half of Australia—often in areas that are populated by people.

These snakes, which can measure up to nearly eight feet in length, are considered to have the second most toxic venom of any land snake, according to laboratory tests on mice, Australian Geographic reported.

Their venom contains a host of different toxins that can stop blood from clotting and cause paralysis. Deaths resulting from an eastern brown snake bite are usually caused by cardiac arrest or bleeding in the brain.

Brown snakes as a group were responsible for more deaths in Australia between 2000 and 2016 than any other snake, although fatalities number less than two per year on average, according to a study published in the journal Toxicon.

While eastern brown snakes have a reputation for being aggressive, following the incident in Diddillibah, the snake catcher said both of the serpents "wanted nothing to do with me."

"All they wanted to do was get away," the snake catcher said. "The second one didn't even care about me at all until I grabbed him."

After removing the serpents from the family's house, the snake catcher safely released both brown snakes back into some nearby bushland.

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Stock image: An eastern brown snake. Two of these deadly snakes were removed from an Australian home over the weekend. iStock