'I love Australia': Tradie's laid-back approach to snake amuses onlookers

A tradie near Byron Bay calmly removed a huge python from the road while continuing to chomp on his ice block during a hot summer's day.

You know what they say — snake catching is much more effective with an ice block in hand.

This was seemingly one Aussie bloke's opinion after a video emerged of the laid-back tradie moving a carpet python off the road and away from harm's way while juggling his refreshing snack.

The tradie moving the snake.
The tradie kept his ice block intact while attempting to move the snake who was unhappy to be disturbed. Source: TikTok / markabbott22

The video was captured in Nimbin, a small village just over an hour's drive from Byron Bay, when two amused commuters were forced to stop as the tradie and snake obstructed the road in front of them.

The tradie initially approached the python from behind and picked up its tail, with his ice block in the other hand, but quickly rethought his strategy when the snake lunged towards him, with only his quick reflexes saving him from a nasty snakebite.

As he considered his next move, he chomped on his ice block before opting to fetch a long stick to assist in the task before trying again.

After some tense moments, the man successfully managed to get ahold of the snake's tail before dragging the snake over to the side of the road.

The tradie dragged the snake over to long grass.
The stick proved to be useful as the tradie held down the snake's head with it before scooping up the reptile from its tail. Source: TikTok / markabbott22

"Didn't even drop his ice block!" the pair joked, as the man moved the snake over to the long grass before taking a triumphant bite of his snack with the snake now safely off the road.

Laid back "legend" is a quintessential Aussie

TikTok users enjoyed the tradie's laid back approach to helping the snake, with the video amassing thousands of likes after many were left amused by how Australian the video was.

"I love Australia. This man is amazing," one wrote

"I don't know what's more impressive. His quick reflexes or him holding his ice block with his front teeth," said another.

As the snake was a python, its bite did not pose a venomous threat but could have caused a nasty gash for the tradie.

“It’s a constrictor, so they don’t have any venom. They grab their prey with their mouths and wrap it’s coils around, so every time the prey breathes out they tighten," Colin Shoemark, a snake catcher from Lake Macquarie, told Yahoo News Australia.

Using the stick to move the snake was the safest approach the tradie could have adopted, however, his tactics didn't pass the snake catchers risk assessment after he used his bare hands, something Colin recommends against.

“Instead I would recommend getting a branch or a stick, stopping traffic as best as you can and ushering the snake off the road,” he said.

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