Woman Found 'Dangerously Venomous' Snake Nestled In Drawer While Cleaning

While cleaning her office, a woman from Queensland, Australia, discovered a venomous five-foot eastern brown snake curled up in a drawer.

The woman said rodents had moved into her office after a weather event, so she was cleaning up after them, according to a Facebook post by Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation. That's when she opened a drawer to find the snake.

"(Pseudonaja textilis), often referred to as the Common Brown Snake, it is an [extremely] defensive, DANGEROUSLY VENOMOUS snake," the business's website stated.

Steven Brown of Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation wrote to Newsweek that he has worked with "thousands" of brown snakes throughout his career.

Eastern Brown Snake
A snake catcher removed a highly-venomous eastern brown snake from a woman's office space. Above, the species is photographed in the Sydney suburb of Terrey Hills. WILLIAM WEST/Getty Images

The Billabong Sanctuary noted that the species lives throughout the eastern half of Australia, with the exception of Tasmania. They live in many habitats and have adapted to farmed, semi-urban environments.

"Because of this, they come in contact with man frequently, and account for most of the recorded snake bites in Australia," the sanctuary stated on its website.

And, although the snake has one of the world's most toxic venom, snakebite fatalities in Australia are rare. Their fangs are "relatively short" compared to other species.

"Although they will bite repeatedly if provoked, they inject only a small amount of venom—about 4 mg," the sanctuary stated. "This is more than enough to kill a person, but they will not deliberately seek out and bite animals."

The organization also pointed out that defensive bites are "dry bites," meaning no venom is injected.

The woman, after finding the snake, slowly backed away from the drawer without trying to close it. She then left the office and shut the door before she requested assistance.

When the expert arrived, they noticed the snake moved out of the drawer to another part of the room.

"He certainly wasn't happy and a little handful in a small room so [I] removed him from the house to outside where I had more room and was much safer," the Facebook post concluded.

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The Facebook post also included several photos showing the snake.

Brown said this snake was likely looking to eat the rodents that made themselves at home in the woman's drawer.

This particular incident took Brown just a few minutes, but handling potentially dangerous snakes requires a certain approach.

"Venomous snakes require a little more care and patience and different handling techniques," Brown explained.

This is not the first time snake catchers were called to capture an eastern brown snake.

In February, another eastern brown snake was found in a child's toybox.

And prior to that, Newsweek previously reported that a team from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 was called to a house in Queensland after a child saw the snake making its way through the lounge room.

The snake catchers searched the house but had a difficult time finding it. It wasn't until one catcher pulled the lever of the couch leg rest that the snake fell out.

However, it quickly slithered back into the couch. The snake catchers had to cut into the base fabric of the couch to find it, bag it and relocate it.