Massive red-bellied black snake surprises Newcastle wrangler called in to remove it
Wildlife wrangler Geoff de Looze is well accustomed to catching snakes and bagging them, but even he got the shock of his life when he found a massive red-bellied black snake at a job in the New South Wales Hunter Valley.
“Mate, this thing was huge. I don’t even think I’ve seen one [a red-bellied black snake] half its size,” Mr de Looze said of the massive reptile.
The snake had taken up residence at a Newcastle air conditioning firm in the suburb of Cameron Park.
“He wasn’t coming out, but I could tell straight away that this snake was something else,” Mr de Looze said.
“There were people all around me at the time, and luckily this one didn’t have a go at me. These snakes will eat brown snakes and can get pretty nasty.
“These are the jobs you think: ‘I should have brought an extra pair of undies today’.”