Photo of one of the world’s most venomous snakes hiding in a backyard leaves Australians baffled and arguing about where it’s hidden – so can you spot it?
- Highly venomous Eastern brown snake hidden in normal Brisbane backyard
- Facebook users shocked when they realised where the snake was hiding
- The deadly snake species is the second most venomous in the world
Australian social media users have been left baffled after being asked to spot the world’s second most deadly snake in a seemingly normal suburban backyard.
A catcher working for Snake Catchers Brisbane & Gold Coast took a pic of the highly venomous Eastern brown snake hidden outside a Brisbane home in December.
Some social media users managed to find the snake, which was well camouflaged, but many others wrongly guessed completely different areas of the yard.
Snake Catchers Brisbane & Gold Coast asked followers to find the venomous Eastern brown snake hiding in an everyday suburban backyard (pictured)
The Eastern brown snake, also known as a common brown snake, is the second most venomous land snake in the world and is found across the east of Australia.
The nervous species often seeks shelter in human habitats but is quick to attack if it feels threatened and unable to escape.
‘Quite a few of you got this one right, so well done, it was definitely another tricky one,’ Snake Catchers Brisbane & Gold Coast commented.
The brown snake could be spotted in a crack in the retaining wall (circled in red)
‘We snake catchers really aren’t fans of these types of retaining walls,’ the business posted on Facebook.
‘It’s a great place to look for food (such as rodents and skinks), and in some cases, snakes will use these retaining walls as sites for egg deposition.’
While some users were shocked a snake could be found in such a common household feature, others knew too well the danger of a rock wall.
People were shocked to see the Australia’s deadliest snake peek out of a rock wall – barely visible to the average eye
‘Never ever will I own a rock wall. Eeeek’ wrote one poster.
‘Rock retaining wall would be the first place to start. If I had known this years ago would never have built ours,’ another pined.
One user was mortified, saying they often put their bare hands into their rock wall.
‘I have a very big one and never think twice about shoving my hands in the gaps (with no gloves on)… oops!’
The Eastern brown snake has toxic venom which can cause progressive paralysis in humans, but only kills around two people per year (stock image)
EASTERN BROWN SNAKES
Eastern brown snakes can grow up to 2.5 metres in length
They are found across all of eastern Australia from northern Queensland to southern Victoria
The snakes are one of the most dangerous in the world and can kill humans if bites are left untreated in just half an hour
They are responsible for killing the most people out of any other snake species.