Elderly woman finds a deadly snake on a BUS seat before catchers reveal the dead animal was put there as a prank
- Whole bus evacuated after elderly woman almost sits on a deadly dugite snake
- Snake catcher was called to the bus but found the snake was dead
- Snake catcher Justin Hanley said the snake was left on the bus as an ‘evil’ prank
An elderly woman nearly sat on a deadly snake on a bus after the animal was put there as a prank.
Passenger were evacuated from the service bus in Perth’s Cannington train station on Monday when the woman made the grim discovery.
But when snake catchers arrived to collect the venomous dugite snake they noticed it was dead and had been put there as part of a sick prank.
A Perth bus was evacuated after an elderly woman almost sat on a dugite snake (pictured) which had been left on the bus as a prank
‘Once I got close to the animal I noticed it was dead, upon inspection it had several puncture holes throughout its body,’ Mr Hanley said.
‘I have so many issues with this I barely know where to start and there’s no way I’ll be able to post about them all in detail.’
The reptile expert hit out at whoever killed the snake and said it was obvious it had been left on the bus as a prank.
‘The bus driver seen it move so if bleeding out to death isn’t bad enough it done so on a bus with ridiculous amount of vibration, new senses and predators (humans) surrounding it,’ the snake catcher continued.
‘You shut this bus down and passengers had to leave and be interrupted. Transperth officers had to stay with the bus for the hour it took me to get there wasting wages and time.’
Mr Hanley described the act of stabbing a snake and throwing it on a bus to bleed to death as a prank as ‘just evil’.
A snake catcher was called to the scene and said it was ‘just evil’ for someone to stab the snake and leave it on the bus to bleed to death and for an unwitting commuter to come across
‘To the people who’s go to option is to kill snakes think about the time and effort and sacrifice snake catchers give and provide,’ he continued.
‘All we ask of you is to stop the killing and pick up the phone and give us the opportunity to sacrifice all this.’
Mr Hanley told Daily Mail Australia all snake catchers in Western Australia are volunteers who have to be pulled away from their families on calls.
He said while they were happy to rescue wildlife being pulled from family to being put in dangerous situations for a prank was unacceptable.
The dugite snake is most commonly found in south-western Western Australia and is considered extremely dangerous to people because of its ‘highly toxic’ venom.
Western Australian residents are allowed to kill a snake without penalty but only if they feel ‘immediately threatened’ by the reptile.