Aussie Sets Rat Trap, Catches Rat And An Eastern Brown Snake That Eats Rat

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Aussie Sets Rat Trap, Catches Rat And An Eastern Brown Snake That Eats Rat

This has got to be a new one as far as snake tales go. A man on the Sunshine Coast of Australia set a rat trap in order to capture a problem rodent th

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This has got to be a new one as far as snake tales go. A man on the Sunshine Coast of Australia set a rat trap in order to capture a problem rodent that had been pilfering stuff in his garage. The trap, unlike most American traps, is humane in that it is just a simple cage that enables the rat to climb in but not out. He had plans to release the rat elsewhere if and when he caught it. The trap worked. Twice. But the second animal to be caught in the trap wasn’t a rat, but an eastern brown snake (Pseudonaja textilis) that saw an easy meal. That’s right, the eastern brown snake crawled into the trap and ate the rat that got caught in the trap. 


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The man sent a photo to Richie Gilbert, a snake catcher on the Sunshine Coast, who posted the photo of the one meter snake caught in the trap to his Facebook page. The man later released the snake back into some woods away from his house, with the help of a very long stick.

The Eastern brown snake is considered the second most venomous snake in the world. The majority of snake bite deaths that occur in Australia are from this snake or its cousin, the western brown snake (Pseudonaja nuchalis). The Eastern brown snake can be found throughout Australia and into New Guinea. The Eastern brown snake grows to about five feet in length and its venom produces hemotoxic and neurotoxic symptoms with immediate pain and swelling of the lymph nodes.