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Woman shocked to find red-bellied black snake in her wheelie bin at Sunshine Coast home in QLD

Shocking moment a deadly red-bellied black snake is found hiding in a terrified Aussie’s wheelie bin

  • Homeowner came face to face with a highly deadly red-bellied black snake in bin
  • Woman made shocking find at Landsborough in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland
  • Catcher had to burrow through piles of rubbish in order to capture the snake

A unsuspecting homeowner came face to face with a deadly red-bellied black snake when she opened her garbage bin. 

The woman made the shocking find at her Landsborough home on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, on Tuesday morning.

A snake catcher had to burrow through piles of rubbish in order to capture and release the Australian native, which had taken refuge in her red wheelie bin.

 

A unsuspecting homeowner came face to face with a  deadly red-bellied black snake when she opened her wheelie bin

She opened her red wheelie bin (pictured) to find the deadly red-bellied black snake hiding inside

She opened her red wheelie bin (pictured) to find the deadly red-bellied black snake hiding inside

‘Imagine opening your wheelie bin to put some rubbish inside and coming face to face with a venomous Red Bellied Black snake,’ Stuart McKenzie from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers wrote online.

Footage showed the snake handler rummaging through rubbish to catch the slippery serpent. 

‘Luckily all the snake wanted to do was hide so it ducked down under the rubbish bags to hide at the bottom of the bin,’ said Mr McKenzie.

‘After a while and taking everything out we were able to locate the little Red Belly and relocate it elsewhere. Crazy.’ 

Red-bellied black snakes are one of eastern Australia’s most commonly encountered snakes, often venturing into urban areas.

It has a venomous bite, but only one recorded death has occurred because of the snake species.

They are shy and often freeze under duress, meaning many Australians will walk past the snake unknowingly. 

If under threat and unable to escape, the re-bellied black will rear up and hiss loudly as warning to a potential predator.

Red-bellied black snakes (pictured) are one of eastern Australia's most commonly encountered snakes, often venturing into urban areas

Red-bellied black snakes (pictured) are one of eastern Australia’s most commonly encountered snakes, often venturing into urban areas

Facts about red-bellied black snakes

*One of eastern Australia’s most commonly encountered snakes

*Although its venom is capable of causing significant illness, no deaths have ever been recorded from its bite

*Common in woodlands, forests and swamp land, the red-bellied black snake often ventures into nearby urban areas

*Main food sources include frogs, fish, reptiles, and small mammals

*Typically average around 1.25 m in length, boast glossy black upper parts, bright red or orange flanks and a distinctive pink red belly

Source: Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers

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