Aussie Woman Vacuums Up Red-Bellied Black SnakeThe red-bellied black snake is native to eastern Australia and feeds on other snakes. Photo by Lakeview Images/Shutterstock

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Aussie Woman Vacuums Up Red-Bellied Black Snake

The woman, armed with no more than her vacuum cleaner, sucked up the hatchling snake into the cleaner.

“He seems fine,” McKenzie said in the video posted to Instagram. “Probably just a bit shaken up from his little roller coaster.”

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A woman in Queensland, Australia gave a red-bellied black snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus) a ride of its life when it entered the woman’s home. The woman, armed with no more than her vacuum cleaner, sucked up the hatchling snake into the cleaner and then called Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7.

Sunshine Coast Owner Stuart McKenzie posted the video to social media and made the following comment:


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“Obviously, we don’t recommend doing this. Apparently the snake is still moving around and hopefully, it’s going to be fine,” Sunshine Coast owner Stuart McKenzie explained in the video. “The lady did panic. … She’s sucked it up with the vacuum because she wasn’t sure what to do and how to keep it from moving. … And now it’s just cruising around inside the vacuum.”

The woman, mindful that the snake could escape, brought the vacuum outside and waited for Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7. McKenzie noted that the hatchling was about four to eight weeks old and had traveled some distance to find itself inside the woman’s home.


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“He seems fine,” McKenzie said in the video posted to Instagram. “Probably just a bit shaken up from his little roller coaster.”

The red-bellied black snake is native to eastern Australia and feeds on other snakes, including the deadlier eastern brown snake. It is common in urban areas around the east coast of Australia and can be found in urban forests, woodlands, plains and bushlands. In addition to other snakes and reptiles, it feeds on frogs and small mammals. It also feeds on its own species.