An Australian family had to call in a professional snake catcher after discovering a red-bellied black serpent tucked away in a cupboard inside their home.
Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers—a business specializing in relocating snakes—turned up to help, and the relocation process was recorded on camera.
Footage posted by the business on its Facebook page shows how a member of the team worked to draw the snake out from its hiding place at the family’s home in Twin Waters, Queensland.
The catcher, using a specialized rod, first works to slowly remove a pile of bags the snake is suspected to be hiding under. Eventually, the snake’s head is seen poking out from underneath one of them.
Removing the bag, the catcher then uses his bare hands to get hold of the snake’s tail, carefully lifting it out from the cupboard. He remarks: “This is one of my favorite snakes to catch.”
The professional adds that the snake appears to be healthy, before lowering the animal into a large bag so that it can be taken outside.
The end of the video shows the team member releasing the snake outdoors, which quickly darts into a nearby group of trees.
The video is available on the Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers’ Facebook page. The team wrote: “This gorgeous Red Bellied Black Snake was tucked away under all the bags keeping cool from the hot day.
“Still a few snakes on the move looking for water, food and shelter. Make sure there’s not ways for snakes to enter your homes, as during winter when the temperatures cool down snakes will be looking for a warm place to go…”
Red-bellied black snakes are one of the most frequently encountered snakes on Australia’s east coast, according to the Australian Museum.
The museum notes that the snakes are responsible for a number of bites each year, but adds they are shy and “will generally only deliver a serious bite under severe molestation.” It adds the snakes may freeze when approached in the wild, and people may get quite close before they realize the snake is there.
If a person is bitten, the red-bellied black snake’s venom may cause symptoms such as bleeding and swelling, nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal pain, sweating and muscle pain. Medical attention should be sought as soon as possible for all suspected bites, the Australian Museum states.
Red-bellied black snakes usually feed on a variety of vertebrates, such as fish, frogs, and other snakes. Its predators include feral cats, though they may also die after eating cane toads because these toads have toxins.
Update, 6/8/21, 5:02 a.m. ET: This article was updated to include footage of the snake being caught.