Red-bellied black snake found inside teenager's asthma puffer

Enough to leave you gassssping for air: Venomous red-bellied black snake is found hiding inside a teen girl’s asthma puffer

  • Venomous red-bellied black snake was found curled up inside an asthma puffer
  • A teenage girl was bringing in her washing at her home in Bli Bli, Sunshine Coast
  • The snake slithered out of her clothes and into her room to find a hiding place  
  • Handler said it was one of the ‘most incredible’ places he has ever found a snake

A venomous red-bellied black snake has been found curled up inside a teenager’s asthma puffer. 

The teenage girl was bringing in the washing at her home in Bli Bli, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, when she spotted the snake slithering out of the clothes basket. 

The baby red-bellied black snake sought refuge in the open top of her blue asthma puffer, after finding its way into her room. 

A red-bellied black snake has been found curled up inside a teenager’s asthma puffer in her home in Bli Bli, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast

Luckily, an expert snake handler from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 was on call to relocate the innovative snake. 

Although the red-bellied black snake was only a hatchling, the reptile could have still delivered a nasty bite if it had felt intimated or been provoked. 

Expert snake handler Stuart McKenzie posted the heart-stopping photo of the black snake on Facebook. 

‘This is crazy and super lucky we were able to find the snake’, Mr McKenzie said. 

‘It’s one of the most incredible places we have ever found a snake before.’

The bite of the red-bellied black snake (pictured) will usually only cause the victim mild symptoms, including headache, vomiting, diarrhoea and excessive sweating

The post attracted hundreds of comments from awe-struck Facebook users. 

‘I will be handling my daughters inhalers with extra care from now on!’ One said. 

‘Holy cow, that would bring on an asthma attack,’ another user joked.

Native animal relocation specialist Darren Darch, from Fauna For the Future, has previously told Daily Mail Australia it is normal for snakes to seek a hiding place. 

When snakes feel scared, they do what’s needed to protect themselves, he explained. 

If a snake is found inside a home, Mr Darch recommends throwing a towel or blanket on top of the snake to provide a hiding place. 

Or alternatively, a wet towel could be placed at the base of the bedroom door to ensure the snake stayed put, while waiting for a professional.

Red-bellied black snakes are most frequently encountered on the east coast of Australia and are mild, shy snakes who will freeze if approached in the wild. 

The bite of the red-bellied black snake will usually only cause the victim mild symptoms, including headache, vomiting, diarrhoea and excessive sweating.

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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