Two highly poisonous brown snakes were caught on Sunday trying to mate in the house of an Australian family.
The family, from Diddillibah in the country’s Sunshine Coast region, called a local snake catcher to their house to remove an eastern brown snake from the yard.
But shortly after the snake catcher caught the first snake, the family discovered another snake that was on the property.
“A family in Diddillibah had a day full of surprises yesterday when they had not one, but two brown snakes enter their yard within an hour,” a Sunshine Coast Snake Catcher official wrote in a Facebook posting 24/7.
“I came out and laid the first stunningly striped brown snake, and about 45 minutes later they called me back with a second one.
The first eastern brown snake was a female, while the second was a “big male” that was almost two meters long.
“It was definitely a male looking for the female,” said the snake catcher.
The official said that a total of three eastern brown snakes had been removed from the family’s property in recent weeks.
Australia is home to nine species of brown snakes – snakes that belong to the genus Pseudonaja.
These animals are among the most dangerous snakes in the world, although some species contain a poison strong enough to kill a human.
The largest of this genus is the Eastern Brown Snake (Pseudonaja textilis), which is common throughout the eastern half of Australia – often in areas inhabited by humans.
These snakes, which can grow to nearly two meters in length, are considered the second most poisonous of all land snakes according to laboratory tests on mice, Australian Geographic reported.
Their venom contains a variety of different toxins that can stop blood clotting and cause paralysis. Deaths from a bite by an Eastern Brown snake are usually caused by cardiac arrest or bleeding in the brain.
The Brown Snakes as a group were responsible for more deaths in Australia than any other snake between 2000 and 2016, although according to a study published in Toxicon magazine, there are on average less than two deaths per year.
While the eastern brown snakes have a reputation for being aggressive, the snake catcher said after the Diddillibah incident that both snakes “wanted nothing to do with me”.
“All they wanted was to get away,” said the snake catcher. “The second snake didn’t care for me at all until I grabbed her.”
After the snakes had been removed from the family home, the snake catcher left the two brown snakes safely in a nearby bushveld….