A group of Victorian road workers came across a bit of a road block while working along the Western Ring Road in Sunshine, North Melbourne.
When opening one of the manholes alongside the freeway they discovered three venomous Eastern brown snakes curled up inside.
Snake catcher Raymond Hoser was called out to remove the dangerous snakes so that the workers could enter the pit safely and continue their work.
Without using any tongs or sticks, Ms Hoser was able to remove all three snakes with his bare hands and relocated them to grassland about five kilometres away.
It’s no easy task considering the Eastern brown snake is has enough venom in one bite to kill 20 men.
“They were more interested in biting each other than me,” Mr Hoser told Yahoo News Australia.
Mr Hoser said the reason he has been catching snakes with his bare hands for over 50 years is because it’s less likely to hurt the snake.
“Using tongs can end up breaking their bones and causing internal injuries, the only time a snake bites is when it’s in pain, so by using my hands they’re not in any pain and I’ve never been bitten by a venomous snake,” Mr Hoser said.
But he’s warned others to never touch a snake for fear it will end in injury or death.
“Do not copy what you see me do or you may end up dead,” Mr Hoser said.
Finding snakes in roadside pits is pretty common for the Melbourne based snake catcher.
“In winter they like to hibernate in them to get away from the frost and cold, but sometimes they can’t get out of the deeper holes and that’s when the workers call me,” he explained.
Snake season kicks off
The snake catcher cautioned his followers that snake season officially kicks off in three weeks so to avoid a snake making your home theirs, Mr Hoser recommends doing some tidy work now.
“Remove all loose ground cover in the form of rubbish, sheets of tin, logs and rocks. If you have a rock garden, seal all the holes under the rocks. Don’t give the snakes a place to hide.
“Remove overgrown and creeping vegetation. Snakes will hide and secrete themselves in this and love ground-level vegetation that straddles sunny and shady spots,” he said.
And if you do come across a snake, leave it alone and call the professionals to remove it safely.
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