Astonishing moment a deadly red bellied black snake is discovered lurking under a BBQ hood – amid warnings of a record number of serpent bites
- The unwanted visitor was spotted under the outdoor barbeque on Wednesday
- Footage shows snake catcher, Mr McKenzie, relocating the venomous snake
- Queensland paramedics have responded to 370 snake bites since January 2022
A venomous snake was found under the hood of a man’s outdoor BBQ, prompting a safety warning to all Aussies to watch out for deadly bites.
Owner of Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers, Stuart McKenzie, was called out to the Sippy Downs home after a terrified owner noticed ‘something black’ slither under the barbeque hood on Wednesday.
Footage taken by Mr McKenzie shows the moment the 1.2 metre red bellied black snake was found, captured, and relocated.
Snake catcher Stuart McKenzie responded to a call from a Sunshine Coast resident who spotted a red bellied black snake under the hood of his outdoor barbeque (pictured)
‘The Aussie barbeque is probably one of the most well-used things here on the Sunshine Coast,’ Mr McKenzie said in the Facebook video.
‘As a snake catcher going into a situation like this, we want to make sure that we are being as careful as possible.’
The owner of the home can be seen pointing, from a great distance, to the barbeque in question.
Mr McKenzie slowly removed the covers using his snake handler hook making sure his hands were well clear of the snake who might have confused his fingers for food.
The snake catcher ‘could not believe his eyes’ when he took a peak under the last barbeque cover.
The dangerous reptile quickly slithered away wrapping its head and body around the back of the barbeque hood and around the gas pipe.
‘This is what snakes do when they try to get away,’ Mr McKenzie said. ‘They’ll curl around something on their front end.’
The experienced catcher was able to manipulate the snake and get the reptile out in the open by using his hook and grabbing the tail with his fingers.
The dangerous reptile quickly slithered away wrapping its head and body around the back of the barbeque hood and around the gas pipe
Mr McKenzie (pictured) was able to manipulate the snake and get the reptile out in the open by using his hook and grabbing the end of its tail with his fingers
He then guided the snake to the ground were it was able to ‘chillax’.
The snake is seen flicking its tongue out and smelling its environment before slithering straight into the handlers bag.
Mr McKenzie is then seen relocating the ‘beautiful’ reptile back to where it belongs in the Australian bushland.
The serpent encounter comes after Queensland Ambulance confirmed paramedics have responded to 370 snake bites across the state since the beginning of the year – 48 of which have occurred in the Sunshine Coast.
In comparison, the state recorded 872 snake bites in total last year.
Of the 370 bites already recorded, the highest number occurred in the Sunshine Coast; with paramedics responding to 48 callouts.
Queensland Ambulance said most bites occurred on the lower limbs when people attempted to either kill or move the snake.
Although most species are not aggressive and will usually retreat before attacking, Mr McKenzie said snake bites come down to how people act when they encounter a serpent.
Mr McKenzie urges people to leave the job of relocating a snake to the professionals.
‘Generally snake bites come down to how people act,’ Mr McKenzie told Nine News.
‘This season we’ve had a lot of calls and messages where people have already caught the snake. More so than last season.
‘It should be going the opposite way with all the education out there. Please leave the handling to the professionals.’
Although most species of snakes are not aggressive and will usually retreat before attacking, Mr McKenzie said snake bites come down to how people act when they encounter the reptiles (pictured, red bellied black snake native to eastern Australia)