Video Shows Deadly Venomous Snake Striking Out at Reptile Catcher

An Australian snake catcher has released footage of a deadly snake defensively lashing out after being found lurking in an elderly woman's home.

The footage of the venomous eastern brown encounter was published to Facebook on Tuesday by Stuart McKenzie, owner of Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7.

The incident, which occurred earlier in his career but was only released this week, was a lengthy endeavor, with the reptile wrangler spending more than an hour searching the woman's residence before finally locating the snake in a sliding door cavity.

McKenzie wrote in a caption the call-out ended up providing a good lesson. Ever since, he has made sure to inspect sliding doors early on while searching through homes.

The species—one of the most toxic in the world—is associated with more fatalities than any other snake in the country and a bite can result in death, experts have said.

A profile by the Australian Museum says they are an "alert, nervous species" that often react defensively if surprised or cornered—striking out with "little hesitation."

That is exactly what McKenzie's video showed, with the snake lashing out repeatedly as it became cornered and being forced out of its hiding spot. The eastern brown could be seen rising up into an attack posture before striking as the catcher approached.

"He is really defending himself now, he knows I am going to catch him, he knows he is cornered, that's literally his last resort, he has got nothing else he can do, but I am not going to... grab him, because that would be just silly," he explained in the video.

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Instead, the catcher waited for the snake to calm before finally picking it up by the tail and placing it into a bag for relocation. It was released into some bushland.

The Facebook post read: "This particular job took nearly an hour and a half to complete. It took over an hour to just find the snake. Of course it was in the last place I looked, in the sliding door cavity in the wall! Crazy hiding spot! I am so glad I found it.

"Once I was able to get the snake out of the cavity I went about catching it. Thankfully it had nowhere to go so it was a matter of taking my time to catch it safely."

It continued: "It was very good at defending itself, but once I found my hook it was an easy catch. This was from a few years ago and since then whenever I am searching in houses for snakes I will go and check the sliding door cavities very early on."

According to the Australian Museum, powerful toxins in the eastern brown venom can result in "progressive paralysis and uncontrollable bleeding." In humans, deaths have occurred due to "bleeding into the brain" from blood "coagulation disturbances."

While the species strikes with little hesitation if disturbed, experts say it is also known to flee or remain totally still—hoping to avoid detection—if approached from a distance.

 Eastern brown snake
This photo taken on September 25, 2012 shows a deadly Australia eastern brown snake, which has enough venom to kill 20 adults with a single bite, in the Sydney suburb of Terrey Hills. WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images