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Venomous Snake Hiding with Teddies in a Child’s Bed Skillfully Caught by Australian Snake Catcher

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Most of us can remember being scared of monsters hiding under our bed, right? In Australia, apparently, you have to be scared of what’s hiding in your bed as well – something as scary as a venomous snake.

A Startling Discovery in Jimboomba

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Image by Snake Catchers Brisbane & Gold Coast via Facebook

A venomous red-bellied black snake was discovered nestled among a child’s stuffed animals in a home in Jimboomba, Australia. The unwelcomed guest was discovered on a Sunday morning, leading to a swift response from professional snake catcher Bryce Lockett.

Snake Catcher to the Rescue

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Bryce Lockett from ‘Snake Catchers Brisbane & Gold Coast’ was called to handle the situation. In a video shared online, Lockett carefully moved a cuddly toy aside and expertly picked up the snake, showing both skill and calmness in the face of danger.

The Snake’s Stealthy (and Cuddly) Hideout

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The red-bellied black snake had found a cozy spot on the child’s bed, blending in seamlessly with the stuffed animals. This made the encounter particularly unnerving, as the venomous reptile could have easily gone unnoticed for longer.

Safe Capture and Removal

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Lockett captured the snake by gently ushering it into a long enclosed net on the bedroom floor. The entire process was handled with precision, ensuring the safety of both the occupants and the snake itself, which was later released back into the wild.

Watch the video here!

Red-Bellied Black Snake: An Overview

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By John Tann from Sydney, Australia – Red-bellied Black Snake face on, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36230242

Native to the east coast of Australia, the red-bellied black snake is a common yet venomous species. These snakes are known for their distinctive red bellies and are often found near water sources such as rivers and swamps.

Venomous but Shy

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Despite their venomous nature, red-bellied black snakes are generally shy and non-aggressive. They prefer to avoid confrontation and typically only bite when provoked or threatened. This behavior helps to minimize human-snake conflicts.

Symptoms of a Bite

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A bite from a red-bellied black snake can cause a range of symptoms including swelling, muscle pain, sweating, vomiting, and diarrhea. While bites can be serious, they are rarely fatal, especially with prompt medical treatment.

First Aid for Snake Bites

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In case of a snake bite, it is crucial to remain calm and immobilize the affected area. Seeking immediate medical attention is vital. Avoiding the application of tourniquets or attempting to suck out the venom is recommended by medical professionals.

Their Surprising Aquatic Skills

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Red-bellied black snakes are proficient swimmers, often found near water bodies. They use their swimming ability to hunt for aquatic prey such as frogs and fish. This adaptability allows them to thrive in diverse environments, from wetlands to urban areas with accessible water sources.

Cannibalistic Tendencies

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Though primarily feeding on amphibians and small mammals, red-bellied black snakes have been known to exhibit cannibalistic behavior. This rare occurrence typically happens when food resources are scarce, showcasing their ability to adapt and survive in challenging conditions by consuming other snakes, even of their own species.

Unique Defensive Behaviors

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When threatened, red-bellied black snakes display unique defensive behaviors such as flattening their bodies and spreading their necks to appear larger. They may also release a foul-smelling musk to deter predators.

Snake Catchers: Unsung Heroes

Eastern diamond back rattlesnake is the most venomous snake in the US. Image via Depositphotos

Professional snake catchers like Bryce Lockett play a critical role in managing human-snake encounters. Their expertise ensures that snakes are safely removed and relocated, reducing the risk of harm to both people and reptiles.

The Importance of Awareness

Black Rat Snake Close Up. Image via depositphotos

Raising awareness about local wildlife, including snakes, is essential for communities. Understanding snake behavior and habitats can help prevent unnecessary panic and promote coexistence between humans and these fascinating creatures.

Habitat and Behavior of Red-Bellied Black Snakes

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These snakes prefer moist environments and are often found near creeks, rivers, and wetlands. They feed on a variety of prey including frogs, small mammals, and other reptiles, contributing to the ecological balance of their habitats.

Identifying Red-Bellied Black Snakes

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Red-bellied black snakes are easily identifiable by their glossy black upper body and vibrant red or pink underbelly. They can grow up to 6.5 feet in length, making them one of the larger snake species in their region.

Snake Safety Tips for Homeowners

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To reduce the likelihood of encountering snakes, homeowners should keep their yards tidy, remove potential hiding spots, and seal any gaps or holes in their homes. Regular inspections and awareness can help keep homes snake-free.

The Role of Snakes in the Ecosystem

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Highly venomous Australian Red-bellied Black Snake/ Image via Depositphotos

Snakes play a vital role in maintaining the balance of ecosystems. As predators, they help control populations of rodents and other pests, thereby contributing to the health of their environments.

Misconceptions About Venomous Snakes

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Australian highly venomous Eastern Brown Snake. Image via Depositphotos

Many people fear venomous snakes, but it’s important to remember that these animals typically avoid human contact. Education and understanding can help dispel myths and reduce unfounded fears.

Safe Encounters with Snakes

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Eastern brown snake – a highly venomous Australian species. Image via Depositphotos

If you encounter a snake, it is best to remain calm and keep a safe distance. Avoid startling the snake and allow it to move away on its own. Contact professional snake catchers if the snake poses a risk.

The Fascination with Venomous Snakes

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Venomous snakes, despite their dangerous reputation, are subjects of great fascination for many. Their unique adaptations and behaviors offer insights into the diversity of life on Earth and the complexities of nature.

Venomous Snake in Bed: Conclusion

Headshot of a Black rat snake aka Pantherophis obsoletus. Mouth wide open. Image via depositphotos

This startling incident would shake anyone to the core. Australia is known for its many venomous and dangerous snakes that can pop up anywhere, including in your bed! So if you ever visit this country, make sure to sleep with one eye open.

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