A cattle dog has been filmed bravely confronting a deadly eastern brown snake in her backyard.
The video, filmed in the backyard of a house in far north Queensland, opens with the cattle dog doing her duty – protecting owner and property.
She grabbed the snake from under a wooden garden shed and then carefully reversed to open ground to gain an advantage over its highly venomous adversary.
She then gives the eastern brown, the species responsible for the highest number of snakebite fatalities in Australia, a good shake before biting it and dropping it to the ground.
After moving the snake out onto the grass, the cattle dog gave the eastern brown a good shake before biting it and dropping it to the ground
But the snake was far from done, and made a leap for the dog, hoping to get back in the fight.
The dog quickly moved back and the snake failed to sink its fangs into anything fleshy.
The eastern brown’s feisty response just angered man’s best friend even more, though.
She grabbed the snake again and gave it a far longer biting and shaking while turning in circles to give its attack added momentum.
Having spat the snake back onto the grass again, the cattle dog looked at its foe with curiosity, wondering if it had any fight left in it.
The dog made another go for the snake, but this time failed to pick it up.
In response, the eastern brown made another desperate lunge for the pooch.
This time it got very close, but the dog reversed just in time to save itself from a deadly bite.
Sensing that the tables had turned in the canine vs reptile war, the dog went in for the kill and grabbed the snake as it momentarily turned its head, maybe from the pain already inflicted on it.
The dog then shook the snake violently from side to side as if its life depended on it – which it probably did.
Eastern brown snakes (pictured) are the species responsible for the highest number of snakebite fatalities in Australia
It dropped the snake to catch its breath and see if there was any life left. Deciding there was, the dog picked up the eastern brown yet again.
It dragged the snake out to its full length and dropped it on the grass.
But even that was not enough and the cattle dog walked to the back of the snake, bit into its tail and gave it another shake, just to make sure it would not be any more trouble.
And with that, a fight for the ages ended with a knockout victory for the cattle dog.
The dog’s bravery was acknowledged by commenters on the video site, with one saying, simply, ‘Good job Buddy.’
Another said ‘watching this makes me miss my father in law’s dog. Saved his life many times up the paddock.’
An 11-year-old girl had been on a walk in Newport, in Melbourne’s south-west, when she came across the eastern brown snake without realising how deadly the variety can be
It doesn’t always turn out so well, though, with a commenter saying ‘This is how I lost my cattle dog.’
Despite the video making it look like the cattle dog had a clean win, some posters were still concerned for its wellbeing.
‘Did it get bitten?’ asked one, while another said ‘did you take the dog to the vet just to be sure?’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the poster of the video seeking comment.
The video came came just a month after a far scarier video emerged of an 11-year-old girl who picked up an eastern brown snake while walking through Melbourne.
She is ‘extremely lucky’ to be alive after she filmed herself unknowingly holding one of the world’s most venomous snakes.
The young girl had been on a walk in Newport, in Melbourne’s south-west, when she came across the eastern brown.
She filmed the reptile entwined around her fingers, completely unaware of how dangerous the ‘snakey’ was.
The child thought the reptile was a harmless garter snake and had no hesitation in picking it up.
Victorian man Stewy the Snake Catcher said it was incredibly fortunate the girl wasn’t harmed after her case of mistaken identity.
Stewy the Snake Catcher (pictured) said the little girl is incredibly fortunate to be alive after mistaking a deadly snake for a harmless one
‘This is an extremely dangerous eastern brown snake,’ he wrote on Facebook, where he also posted the video.
‘The girl in the video is extremely lucky that she wasn’t bitten by the snake, and her parents should probably go and buy a lottery ticket.’
A grandparent of the girl sent the video to the snake catcher only because he wanted him to identify the reptile.
‘Eastern brown snakes are a nervous snake and are responsible for the most deaths caused by snake bites in Australia,’ Stewy said.
‘This little girl could have actually died from a bite from this snake.’