Watch Moment World's Second Deadliest Snake Lunges at Man in a Crawl Space

A snake catcher has recounted the moment he captured one of the world's deadliest serpents—while stuck in a crawl space.

Professional Ryan Fuller managed to catch the chilling lunges of the Eastern Brown snake on camera, as he sought to remove it from beneath a house in Queensland, Australia.

He ended up on his hands and knees in the cramped space, as the "dramatic" snake defended itself, repeatedly striking.

The venom of the Eastern Brown is deadly, with Australian Geographic naming it as the country's most dangerous snake.

Photo of the deadly Eastern Brown snake.
Photo of the deadly Eastern Brown snake. Ryan Fuller was on his hands and knees in a crawl space to capture the snake. Dimity Maxfield / Snake Rescue Sunny Coast

They're responsible for more deaths Down Under than any other snakes, with the site claiming they're famous for being "[f]ast-moving, aggressive and known for their bad temper."

Their venom is ranked as the second most toxic among snakes in the world, as the site noted: "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."

Incredibly, Fuller forgoes gloves and instead chooses to capture snakes with his bare hands, and some essential tools, including a hook and a bag.

He told Newsweek why he prefers to go without, saying: "When we catch a snake with our bare hands we can feel their intentions and predict their movement by how they are tensing and relaxing. You can't feel this when you are wearing gloves.

Photo of the deadly Eastern Brown snake.
Photo of the deadly Eastern Brown snake. The Eastern Brown is the world’s second deadliest snake. Dimity Maxfield / Snake Rescue Sunny Coast

"The hook allows us to pull the snake towards us as well as control the snake once we have it in hand. The bag is a dark cramped space that allows the snake to calm down and allows us to safely transport the snake to a release location."

The entire extraction took around 15 minutes, as Fuller explained: "Snakes will often find dark cramped spaces to hide as it makes them feel safe and secure. The problem is this can make our job a lot more difficult and dangerous as It leaves little room for error.

"The crawl space was under a staircase with just enough room to slightly kneel. But to get to the snake, I had to get down to my hands and knees."

The homeowner spotted the Eastern Brown sunning itself on the drive before retreating back to its "hiding spot," and as it is highly venomous, it was decided it should be removed.

After many years in the trade, Fuller admitted the catch was "sketchy," adding: "Being in a tight spot with a highly venomous erratic snake isn't exactly what I would call my ideal catching environment and looks like insanity to normal people."

He claimed the Eastern Brown was around 3 feet long, as he described it as "quick and erratic."

"I was a bit startled when it first shot out of his hidey-hole as I wasn't expecting its overly dramatic reaction and had to quickly scoot backwards out of its strike range.

"Having a snake lunge at me is nothing new but in this situation, with little room to move, it definitely kept me on my toes," he said.

While he's been bitten in his line of work—by non-venomous varieties including a python—he explained what would happen if the Eastern Brown got too close.

He said: "The Eastern Brown is the second most venomous snake in the world, is incredibly fast and is quick to defend itself when cornered. it's best to give them space and leave them alone if you come across them.

"Worst-case scenario, if you are bitten and don't apply immediate first aid, you can be unconscious in 5 minutes, dead in 20.

"We carry a first aid kit equipment with two compression bandages and a split. This helps slow the travel of the venom through the lymphatic system and gives us time to get to the hospital."

Luckily, Fuller was able to get the snake into a bag, and the reptile was then safely released back into the bush.

But the snake had a parting gift, lunging at him as they took photos of it during its release.

"After the snake was caught, he was relocated back into the bush. On release, the snake stayed quite defensive in our presence. Eastern Browns are extremely movement-orientated and this one saw every movement we made as a potential threat.

"After we got some photos and video, I went to grab the camera, this movement caused the snake to whip around and strike at me," Fuller added.

Fuller has worked with reptiles for four years with his partner, Dimity Maxfield, making up Snake Rescue Sunny Coast.

He says he got into the profession as he "loved animals," saying: "I see snakes as one of the most misunderstood animals in the world and I don't want to see them hurt over this misunderstanding. Being a snake catcher allows me to both save snakes, educate people about them and hopefully remove the stigma and fear surrounding them."

He advised anyone who sees a snake to contact their local professional, rather than try and remove it themselves.

Fuller shared the heart-stopping clips of the rescue to their Facebook page Instagram pages, @snakerescuesunnycoast, in June, where people raved about the clip.

Casey Phoenix wrote: "If anyone ever questions snake catching fees show them this video! Wow!"

Melissa MacPherson commented: "That was intense."

And Jacqui Arris added: "That is one very angry eb [Eastern Brown] you guys did a brilliant job great pictures thank you for sharing."