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WATCH: Deadly snake trying to swallow a python in backyard


A GOODNA Queensland Australia woman got a shock while hanging out her washing when she spotted a rare sight; a snake eating another snake.

The 1.8 metre Eastern Brown snake was making a meal out of a slightly smaller python at an Eric St home and the rarely seen spectacle drew a small crowd.

By the time snake catchers Sally and Norman Hill arrived, after being called by the woman who made the discovery, the python was clearly dead but it took the Eastern Brown hours to finish his meal.

The call for help had come in around noon on Monday but the team from N&S Snake Catcher Ipswich, also Goodna residents, had been out on another job and didn’t arrive until just after 1pm.

Even they were shocked.

“It’s very rare to see,” Sally said.

“We’ve never seen an Eastern Brown eating a carpet python before. We stood there watching for hours, it was fascinating.

“Even the snake’s temperament was very calm considering there were so many people standing around watching.”

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It’s not unusual for an Eastern Brown to eat other snakes, but it’s not something that many people actually see happening.

Sally and Norman have been working with snakes for more than 25 years and started a snake catching business after Norman finished up working at Australia Zoo when Steve Irwin died.

Since 2015 they’ve been answering calls for help from Ipswich residents and although they’ve noticed a significant increase in the number of snakes around, they never expected yesterday’s call out to be so eventful.

“We were on another job so it took us about half an hour to 40 minutes to get there,” Sally said.

“We thought that by the time we got there he might have finished eating it but it did take a while.

“The venom would have killed the python straight away.”

Eventually the Hills made the decision to pick up the Eastern Brown, still with a mouthful of python, and put it in a bag to finish eating before releasing it later that night.

Norman said in the past 12 months there’s been a significant increase in the number of snakes seen around the Ipswich area.

“We’ve caught about double what we did last year,” Norman said.

“We’re assuming it’s related to all the development. Years ago I used to go and drop snakes off in the areas where they are building all the new homes.”

With snake sightings on the rise the snake catchers have warned that while it may look easy to approach a wild snake, doing so without the proper experience can be disastrous.

“If you do come across an eastern brown, call a snake catcher. Don’t try to catch it yourself,” Sally said.

“Snakes will be threatened because we are bigger; we are like monsters to them and make them feel threatened.

“If they feel threatened, they will attack and if you’re not quick, if you hesitate you will get bitten.”

Eastern Brown snakes are highly venomous, considered one of the world’s most dangerous snakes and are responsible for the majority of snakebite deaths in Australia.

A bite from an Eastern Brown will cause paralysis and blood clotting.


Henry Sapiecha

Dozens of Very scary & interesting Snakes we should know about

There are snakes & snakes-Some are extremely dangerous with deadly venom or with their size & strength with killing ability.Look & learn. Enjoy your journey into the world of snakes

1. Black Mamba

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Black Mamba actually got its name because of the color of its mouth. This type of snake has been considered as highly dangerous and horrifyingly venomous. This snake is very aggressive and one bite from it can kill a person in just twenty minutes. They are usually found in different parts of Africa. Black Mamba’s are also regarded as the longest type of snake that can be found in Africa.


2. Rattle Snake

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Rattle Snakes are usually found in North America. It got its name from the appearance of its tail along with the sound that it makes. When it senses danger, its tail creates a rattling noise. Well, that’s one signal to stay away from the area as well! They usually live in groups. Rodents and birds are their common meals.


3. Death Adder Death-Adder-snake image

The Death Adder is one highly venomous snake. Usually found in Australia, they are actually not active hunters. If they hunt, they have a unique way of doing it. They usually hide under leaves, sand, or soil before ambushing their prey. A Death Adder’s tail looks similar to worm and this attracts rodents.


4. Viper

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Vipers have visibly hollow fangs and a mouth that can stretch up to a very huge size. They are intelligent snakes and they can actually control the venom that they want to secrete. A viper’s venomous bite can paralyze a human instantly. Their bite is so painful and usually fatal.


5. Boa Constrictor

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Good news, boa constrictors are very love animals. In fact, they love to hug! Bad news, they’ll hug you to death! Worse, they can feel your heart beat and they won’t let go until there’s none.


6. Langaha Madagascariensis Langaha-Madagascariensis-snake image

Looks pretty strange and creepy, right? This bizarre-looking snake species are among the most venomous animals and brilliantly uses their pointy nasal appendage to sting and attack their prey. Fortunately though, they aren’t very aggressive to humans.


7. Inland Taipan

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Another Australian native, the Inland Taipan is a highly fierce snake that has a very toxic venom. An Inland Taipan’s bite can kill a person in one hour. They can grow as long as 2.5 meters. Don’t be fooled because they are usually shy but their strike can be fatal.


8. Blue Krait

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The Blue Krait can be usually in the Southeast Asian counties such as Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia. These snakes are very creepy because they usually hunt in the dark. The shocking fact is that their venom is very lethal that sometimes even after treatment, people still die from it.


9. Eastern Brown Snake

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This snake is the 2nd most venomous type of snake in the world. Very common in Australia.  It usually ranges from around 1.2 to 1.8 meters long. This snake’s venom can lead to cardiac arrest and paralysis that eventually leads to death. According to reports, 1/14000 of its venom’s ounce can already kill a person. They are snakes to be concerned about because they usually live near homes.


10. Central Ranges Taipan

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This type of Taipan snake moves very fast. They are also highly venomous. Yet another Deadly Australian favourite snake to be very cautious of.They were formerly mistaken for Brown snakes until 2007. They are usually found in Asia and Australia.




This type of snake can be found in Northern Australia and South East Asia. The Belcher’s Sea Snake are very dangerous sea snakes. Their bite can kill a person in one hour. According to reports, a few milligrams of this snake’s venom can cause a thousand people to die. Yet another killer snake of Australia.Is Australia the land of killer snakes….


12. African Puff Adder


The African Puff Adder is very widely known in Africa because it has the record for most bite fatalities in the country. It grows up to one meter long and usually loves to be in the sun. They can be usually seen on roads, footpaths, or even near homes of humans. They are sluggish snakes but still very dangerous predators.


13. The Forest Cobra

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This snake is also known as the black cobra and is also considered as the biggest type of cobra in all of Africa. They love to reside in moist areas and lowlands. These snakes can reach up to 2.2. meters long. They are very fast snakes that can actually climb trees as high as ten metres


14. Desert Horned Viper

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The Desert Horned Viper can usually be seen in North Africa and in the Middle East. This snake moves in a weird but effective way. The horns that can be seen on its head make it also very unique. They mostly feed on rodents, usually hiding under desert sands.


15. Boomslang

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The Boomslang snake got its name because it usually resides in branches of trees. They are usually found in Africa’s Sub Sahara region. Their head is smaller compared to their body. They can only secrete very little venom because of their small fangs in proportion to their heads.


16. King Cobra

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King Cobra is one of the most popular snakes in the world. This snake is actually worshipped in parts of Burma and India. It is considered as the longest venomous snake in the world. They can reach lengths of up to 4 meters. Their fangs are very big and can secrete up to 500mg of venom in just a single bite.


17. Eastern Diamondback Rattle Snake

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The Eastern Diamondback Rattle Snake is basically the largest of its species. They are usually seen in the southeastern parts of the U.S. Their name is derived from the diamond patterns on their backs. They are considered as the heaviest venomous snake in the world. They can reach up to 10 kg.


18. Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

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The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake can be usually found in Mexico and in the United States. They are more venomous than the Eastern Diamondback.


19. Coral Snake

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The Coral Snake can be seen in different parts of the United States but mostly on the southern states. They are highly venomous and very creepy because of their red, yellow and black color combination.


20. Speckled Brown Snake

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The Speckled Brown Snake are usually found in different parts of Australia. They love to stay on grassy plains. Their bite is dangerous but not as lethal as with other snakes. Still, you will need immediate medical attention once you get bitten by one.


21. The Western Brown Snake

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Western Brown snakes are natives of Australia and are regarded as very poisonous. They can be seen mostly in Western Australia. They are very fast but have short fangs which make their bite less fatal.


22. Indian Cobra

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Although the Indian Cobra is a moderately venomous species, its venom is rapid-acting and can be fatal absent immediate medical treatment or antivenom. Indian Cobra is responsible for about 15,000 fatalities per year and about 100,000-150,000 non-fatal bites per year.


23. Russell’s Viper

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Being bitten by Russell’s viper is definitely the most painful thing you’ll ever experience. Blistering, bruising and even internal bleeding is common once bitten by this dangerous animal. Russell’s viper is responsible for about 25,000 fatalities annually in India alone.


24. Saw-Scaled Viper

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They may come in small sizes, but the saw-scaled vipers are extremely lethal and aggressive in nature. They strike and attack very fast and mortality rate for those bitten are very high.


25. Samar Spitting Cobra

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Found in the southern islands of the Philippines, the Samar Spitting Cobra is one of the highly venomous and dangerous species of spitting cobra. Unlike other spitting cobras, the Samar Spitting Cobra is extremely aggressive and strikes even with little provocation.


26. Black-Necked Spitting Cobra

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Although mortality rate associated with Black-Necked Spitting Cobras are relatively low, they are still extremely dangerous considering that their venom is a serious irritant to the skin and eyes. Most death cases related to this species is due to asphyxiation by paralysis.


27. Rhinoceros Viper

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Although the Rhinoceros Viper is not as venomous as the other species on the list, they still pose grave danger considering that they are capable of striking quickly and with little provocation. Their venom usually attacks the body’s circulatory system and destroys the tissues and blood vessels.


28. Tentacled Snake

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Snake with twin tentacles? Well, that’s a new one! This incredibly creepy snake is native to Southeast Asia and uses its tentacles to lure its prey, mostly tiny fishes.


29. Eastern Hognose Snake

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Don’t ever dare threatening this very strange-looking snake! You can trust that they are the world’s biggest drama queens! They’ll trick you into playing dead and letting its tongue out, so don’t be fooled. Otherwise, you’ll end up as their victim.


30. Spider-Tailed Viper

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No, that’s not a deformity. This viper actually has a spider-like tail which it uses to lure its victims. Next time you see a spider-like figure, make sure it’s not the spider-tailed viper!


31. Philippine Cobra

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This snake is very dangerous because it can actually spit venom. Their name is based on the fact that they can be usually found in the northern parts of the Philippines. These cobras are also fond of water. They usually feed on rodents and frogs. Their venom causes hard breathing and if not immediately treated, can lead to respiratory failure.


32. Tiger Snake

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The Tiger Snake is usually found in Australia and Tasmania. Its name comes from its looks, having black and yellow colored skin. Any person can die from its venomous bite in a span of thirty minutes. They can reach up to three meters long.One of Australia’s deadliest snakes



Henry Sapiecha


Snake handler dies in 50 minutes after being bitten by  Taipan snake in Australia one of the most deadliest venomous snakes in the world

Wayne Cameron working for his own business, Reptrix Reptile-image

Wayne Cameron working for his own business, Reptrix Reptile

Snake catcher above did own first aid after bite, died 50mins later



1. Coastal Carpet python

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Danger: Non-venomous. Bites may cause substantial lacerations or punctures.

Description: Large, heavy bodied snake with a highly variable, mottled and blocked pattern and colour. Mostly white to cream on the underside.

Average size: 2.3m long but large specimens can exceed 3m. Largest reliable record is 4.2m.

General: Most commonly encountered snake in the region. Often lives in ceilings. Active day and night. Large specimens can devour small pets such as dogs, cats and chickens, with smaller specimens taking caged birds.

Diet: Mostly mammals such as rodents, possums, bats, etc; also some reptiles, birds and frogs.

2. Spotted python

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Danger: Non-venomous. Bites may cause minor lacerations or punctures.

Description: Solidly-built snake but not as large as the Coastal Carpet python. Fawn or pale-brown ground colour with contrasting dark, chocolatey-brown mottled and blotched pattern and colour. Mostly cream on the underside.

Average size: 75cm-1m. Large specimens may reach 1.5m.

General: Nocturnal. Preferred habitat includes rocky outcrops and associated ridges within dry forests and woodland. Will inhabit areas where ground timber is frequent. Mostly found in the Hinterland it is also infrequently found across the coast in and around mountain areas such as Mt Coolum, Buderim and the Glasshouse Mountains.

Diet: Small mammals, birds and lizards.

3. Common tree snake

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Common names: Green tree snake, yellow-belied black snake, grass snake. 

Danger: Non-venomous and bites infrequently. Emits strong odour if threatened.

Description: Sleek slender body with long, thin tail. Colour ranges from green, olive, yellow, brown and black to rare blue-grey on upper body. Belly yellow or creamy, with bright yellow on throat. Some specimens with blue or grey belly. Large eyes.

Average size: 1.2m long and up to 2m.

General: Active by day. The most common species to enter homes on the Sunshine Coast. Fast-moving and hard to see in heavy cover.

Diet: Frogs and skinks but will also take small fish.

4. Keelback


Common names: Freshwater snake, Water snake, Swamp tiger.

Danger: Non-venomous. Reluctant to bite. Gererally strikes with mouth closed. Emits strong odour when threatened.

Description: Variable colouring but typically shades of grey, brown or olive with irregular, broken cross-bands or flecks of darker brown and flecks of paler creamy colour. Belly surfaces cream or pale rusty colour with dark scale edges. Feature is each scale has a distinct raised longitudinal ridge, giving the snake an appearance of parallel ridges down the length of the body.

Average size: 60cm but can reach 90cm.

General: Active by day and night. Often encountered in suburban homes and yards throughout moist suburbs or areas where creeks and drainage lie.

Diet: Frogs, lizards and occasionally fish and tadpoles. often noted for its ability to eat cane toads.

5. Brown Tree snake

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Common names: Night tiger, Eastern brown tree snake.

Danger: Mildly venomous. Bites and causes localised pain and swelling and possibly headaches and nausea. Most experts regard it as a minimal risk to all but young children.

Description: Slender-bodied with bulbous head and narrow neck. Large eyes with vertical pupils. Upper brown to reddish-brown or even dark orange, with irregular indistinct darker cross-bands. Belly creamy, apricot or orange.

Average size: 1.2m up to 2m.

General: Strictly nocturnal. Skilled climber often found in the heavy foliage of trees and shrubs and in roofs.

Diet: Birds, bird eggs, small mammals, frogs and reptiles.

6. Yellow-faced whip snake

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Common names: Whip snake, grass snake. 

Danger: Potentially dangerous, especially to children. Bite may cause pain and severe symptoms.

Description: Very slender snake with long, thin whip-like tail. Large prominent eyes. Colour generally pale olive or bluish-grey, often with rusty flush or longitudinal stripes along front-third of body. Belly grayish-green, often yellowish under tail. Distinctive face markings. Obvious pale cream or yellow rim around eye, with dark comma-shaped marking curving back below eye.

Average length: 65-70cm but can grow over 90cm.

General: Swift-moving, alert and with good vision; an active hunter by day or hot nights. Quick to retreat. Often seen in suburban yards in and around rock and timber retaining walls.

Diet: Small lizards, frogs and lizard eggs.

7. Lesser black whip snake

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Danger: Larger specimens can be potentially dangerous, especially to children. Bite may cause localised pain.

Description: Large prominent eyes. Colour rich dark brown through reddish brown to dark grey, often reddish-brown flush towards tail. Body has pattern of black and white flecks or spots caused by dark and light markings on individual scales. Top of head usually has dark brown spots and flecks, and narrow, pale edge around eye. Belly greenish-grey.

Average size: 1.2m

General: Swift-moving, alert and active by day. Very shy and infrequently encountered.

Diet: Small lizards and frogs.

8. Eastern brown

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Common names: Common brown snake, brown snake.

Danger: Highly venomous. Accounts for more fatalities than any other Australian snake. A nervous, ready biter it will defend itself if threatened. The second most toxic land snake in the world.

Description: Highly variable in colour and pattern. Colour ranges from pale tan through orange, russet, dark brown and almost black, sometimes with cross-body banding. Belly unusually cream, yellow or orange.

Average size: 1.4m and up to 1.8m.

General: Active hunter by day but active on hot nights. Occasionally climbs in search of prey. Often encountered in and around localities with a strong rodent presence such as bird aviaries and stock feed sheds.

Diet: Primarily small mammals (rats, mice etc.) but also lizards and frogs

9. Red-bellied black

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Danger: Highly venomous. 

Description: Uniform glossy black along whole body. Belly has red or pink flush brighter on the sides and paler in the middle. Hind edge of belly scales is black, creating an even red and black striped appearance. Belly colour is visible along flanks and sides.

Average size: 1.5m and up to 2m.

General: Active by day but has been known to be active on hot nights. Favours wet habitats; rain forest and near water. Reclusive but will inflate and flatten the body and neck to intimidate an aggressor. Fearsome reputation is exaggerated.

Diet: Primarily frogs but also other reptiles (including other snakes) and small mammals.

10. Marsh snake

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Common names: Black-bellied swamp snake, Swamp snake.

Danger: Mildly venomous. Bites have been known to cause pain and swelling, possible headaches and nausea. Most authorities regard it as a minimal risk to all but children.

Description: Fairly uniform brown, olive or black above with dark grey or black belly surface. Two prominent narrow pale-yellowish stripes on each side of the face, one running from snout through eye and onto neck area, and one below eye running from snout to corner of mouth.

Average size: 50com up to 70cm.

General: Diurnal, although may also be active at night in hot weather. Shelters under rocks and debris. Uncommon throughout most of the region although common near Beerwah.

Diet: Small frogs and lizards.


Henry Sapiecha

Girl dies from an extremely deadly brown snake bite in Walgett, NSW Australia


A girl killed by a brown snake in Far North NSW did not know she had been bitten until several hours later when she was almost comatose, the shire’s deputy mayor says.

The six-year-old girl died on Saturday after being bitten on a property outside Walgett on Friday, prompting emergency services to issue a state-wide warning.

She was taken to Walgett Hospital, where doctors administered anti-venom, about 3pm on Friday.

She was then flown to the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick, where she was placed on life support.

After her condition deteriorated significantly, she was transferred back to Walgett Hospital, where she died.

Walgett Shire deputy mayor Jane Keir, a registered nurse for more than 40 years, said she believed the girl did not see the snake and did not know that she had been bitten until several hours later.

By the time her family took her to Walgett Hospital, it was a “pretty drastic case” and there was probably little that could have been done, she said.

“I believe the family didn’t know she’d been bitten and, by the time they’d realised, she was comatose,” Cr Keir said.

“The little girl could have been on the edge of Sydney and the result would have been the same.”

Cr Keir said she believed the girl trod on the snake while outside on her family’s property, about 25 kilometres from the Walgett township.

She was suffocating by the time she was admitted to hospital and the family wasn’t able to identify what snake bit her because no one saw it, Cr Keir said.

Eastern brown snakes cause more deaths than any other species of snake in Australia and victims often don’t realise they have been bitten.

The initial bite is generally painless and often difficult to detect, the Australian Museum says.

Many bites are caused by people trying to kill or move them or accidentally treading on inactive snakes that are sheltering beneath logs, rocks or man-made covers such as sheets of iron or building material.

The snakes react defensively and viciously if surprised or cornered. They typically have small fangs but extremely potent venom that can cause progressive paralysis and uncontrollable bleeding that can spread to the brain.

NSW Ambulance and NSW Police have issued a reminder to people to be wary of snakes in warmer months.

Tips from NSW Ambulance include:

• If you are bitten by a snake, ensure someone calls triple zero immediately.

• Until help arrives, if the bite is on a limb, apply a pressure immobilisation bandage but not so tight that it will cut off circulation.

• If the bite is not on a limb, apply direct and firm pressure to the bite site with your hands (it is also important the patient is kept still).

• Check items of clothing that have been left outside before wearing them and if you lift something such as a rock or log, lift the object so it’s facing away from you.

Numbers of eastern brown snakes have proliferated over the years due to large-scale land clearing, which provides a ready supply of rodents for the snakes to feed on, the Australian Museum says.

They are most commonly found in scrublands, rural areas that have been heavily modified for agriculture and on the suburban outskirts of large towns and cities across eastern Australia.

Joy Adams, general manager for the northern sector of the Western NSW Local Health District, said the health district and the Walgett Multipurpose Service extended their condolences to the girl’s family.

“We can confirm that appropriate treatment and care was provided, including the administration of anti-venom, and that the patient was transferred to [Randwick] by air ambulance and then returned to Walgett.”

Chief Inspector Tony Mureau, from Walgett police station, said fatal snake bites in the area were extremely rare.

Cr Keir said some staff at Walgett Hospital who treated the girl knew her family.

“It is very, very tough. This would have been devastating for the staff,” she said. “It’s a tragedy and something that would have been very, very difficult to avoid the end result.”


Henry Sapiecha