Venomous Snake Found Hiding Among Plant Pots in Yard

A venomous snake has been found hiding among some plant pots at a home in eastern Australia, a video posted on Facebook shows.

The homeowners, who live in Landsborough—located in the Sunshine Coast region of Queensland state—alerted local snake catchers after they spotted the serpent.

But when a team from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 arrived at the home, they initially could not find the snake.

The residents had spotted the snake inside a wicker plant pot holder, which they had subsequently covered with a plastic container and bricks to keep the animal inside.

"When we first arrived to this house in Landsborough, we could not see the snake where it had allegedly gone," one of the snake catchers wrote on the Facebook post.

It was only upon closer inspection that the whereabouts of the crafty snake became clear.

After tipping over the plant pot holder, the snake catcher spotted the serpent hiding in a small wicker channel located inside the object.

"You're kidding me, that's incredible," the snake catcher said in the video. "So, you look here and you think there's definitely no snake in there, but I've just seen and he's wedged in this wicker."

The man identified the "gorgeous" serpent as a young red-bellied black snake—a species that is known scientifically as Pseudechis porphyriacus.

Check Out Where This Red Belly Was Hiding!When we first arrived to this house in Landsborough, we could not see the snake where it had allegedly gone,...

This species, which is distributed across a vast swathe of eastern Australia, usually grows to between around five and 6.5 feet in length, according to the Australian Museum. It is one of around 100 venomous snake species found in the country.

These snakes commonly come into contact with people and are responsible for a number of bites every year, although it is important to note that they are shy animals and will generally only strike if they feel threatened or experience severe harassment.

The bite and venom of red-bellied black snakes can produce symptoms such as bleeding and/or swelling at the bite site, nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and local or general muscle pain and weakness.

Most victims of a red-belly bite will only experience mild or negligible symptoms. However, some individuals will require hospitalization.

The red-belly found at the home in Landsborough amazed the snake catcher with its hiding abilities.

"It's just amazing, I was about to call you ladies crazy," he said in the video.

Eventually, the catcher managed to coerce the snake into leaving its hiding place and the snake wriggled out of the wicker plant pot holder.

As the serpent tried to slither away, the snake catcher managed to grab the animal by its tail and put it in a bag. He then released the red-belly back into the wild.

"It is absolutely incredible where these guys can hide and it reiterates our messages at this time of year that snakes are on the move and to be careful around your garden. So glad we could find him, get him out and relocate this gorgeous snake back into the bush!" the snake catcher wrote on Facebook.

Close-up of red-bellied black snake
Close up of the head and one loop of a red-bellied black snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus.) iStock