Using a pair of snips with one hand and holding the head of the venomous snake with the other, the snake catcher was able to safely remove the can from the head of the snake.
A red-bellied black snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus) got its head stuck in a can of Victoria Bitter beer, apparently after chasing a frog into the can. Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation was called to extricate the snake from the can. Using a pair of snips with one hand and holding the head of the venomous snake with the other, the snake catcher was able to safely remove the can from the head of the snake. The frog had already started to decompose and there were maggots crawling about the snake and the frog when the snake catcher performed his service.
The red-bellied black snake was given some rest before it was released back into the wild. This is a lesson for those who just leave their rubbish willy nilly all over the place. Dispose of your trash in the proper receptacle and wildlife won’t get stuck and potentially die.
This isn’t the first time an Australian snake got its head stuck in a beer can. In 2018, a venomous tiger snake got its head stuck in a can of Carlton Draught. And in 2019, a Florida woman removed a rat snake that got its head stuck in a can of Bud Light.
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.