Two huge black red-bellied snakes photographed fighting in the family’s backyard
Snake hunters are caught up in a fight between two huge black red-bellied pythons in the yard of a family home.
Stuart McKenzie, owner of Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, arrived at the property in Woombye, Queensland, Australia, to spot the fighting snakes he described as “two of the biggest red bellies I’ve ever seen”. When Mackenzie arrived at the family home, the snakes were still fighting.
The snake catcher estimated that one snake was five feet long, the other nearly large. McKenzie managed to capture a video of the battle and the subsequent rescue that was uploaded to the company Facebook social networking site page.
in the video, Mackenzie Describe how the feud between the two snakes continued, before acting quickly to prevent any of the black-bellied, red-bellied snakes from escaping into the bushes.
He said, “You can see that they are unhappy with each other. They make their voices with open mouths, and they try to dominate by pushing the other’s head down and flipping over.”
The snake hunter said he believed the fight between the two men broke out because a black, red-bellied snake was nearby.
Mackenzie then moved on, quickly catching one snake by the tail, placing it in a bag, and then catching the other while trying to escape. The snake hunter says the animals have been released safely into the bush.
Black red-bellied snakes are indigenous to Australia and the most common snakes in the eastern region of the country. while they toxic The Australian Museum says there has been no confirmed human death reported so far that was the result of the bite of a red-bellied black snake, although the venom can cause severe illness.
This may be because, as the McKenzie video shows, members of this species of snake tend to retreat when they encounter a human. fact, dog They appear to be the most common victim of red-bellied snake bites.
Snakes generally engage in ritual combat in the spring, which lasts from September to November in Australia.
snakes grow to Average size is about 4 feet, which means that the pair of males Mackenzie encountered was on the larger side for such an animal. However, both of them were smaller than the largest red-bellied black snake ever recorded.
In 2019, Reuters reported that Brisbane snake hunter Bryce Lockett had caught a 6-foot-long black-red snake. The animal was called “chunk”.