Melbourne Australia Christmas Snake Surprise!

Tiger snake (Notechis scutatus) on a Christmas tree in Melbourne Australia.
Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus) trying to look inconspicuous hanging on a Christmas tree! ©2016 Barry Goldsmith.

A meter long plus tiger snake (Notechis scutatus), one of Australia’s and the world’s most venomous snakes – greeted a Melbourne, Australia resident known only as “Cheryl” in her living room on Sunday 18 December 2016.

Barry Goldsmith, a professional snake wrangler who runs the Facebook site “Snake Catcher Victoria” was called in to deal with the beast. He praised the woman for her quick actions – taking a photo and shutting the door tight until he could arrive.

What’s a Tiger Snake look like up close? Tom Charlton, snake photographer extraordinaire and friend, took this shot in Australia in 2012.

Tiger snake (Notechis scutatus) photographed by Tom Charlton.
©2012 Tom Charlton. Used with permission.

Taipan venom rates very dangerous on the Toxinology.com site – have a look for yourself:

Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus) venom rating.

Tiger snake venom is stronger than krait or cobra venom, and is highly neurotoxic – affecting the muscles controlling breathing and the heart. This snake is especially dangerous, with pre- and post-synaptic neurotoxins. In the case of a bite, some nerves never regain function and need to be regrown.

A truly nasty snake to be bitten by!

Range: Only Australia.

More about the Taipan, including snakebite treatment help? Info.

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