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Monday, January 16, 2023

Eastern Brown Snake Found Hiding in A4 Paper Tray - How to Stay Safe from Venomous Snakes

A receptionist at a dealership in Windsor, Australia, had a terrifying encounter when she discovered an eastern brown snake hiding in a printer. The venomous snake, native to south and eastern Australia, is known for its deadly venom and was quickly removed by snake rescuers from Australian Snake Catchers.

The eastern brown snake is responsible for more fatalities in Australia than any other species, with the second most toxic venom of all land snakes worldwide. Between 2005 and 2015, they were responsible for 41 percent of identified snakebites across Australia, and for 15 of the 19 snakebite deaths during that decade.

Measuring around 5 feet long on average, these snakes can grow up to 6.5 feet and are commonly found in farmland and suburban areas where they prey on rats and mice. They are also protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and cannot be killed or removed from the wild.

Their venom is a coagulant, causing blood to clot excessively, leading to high blood pressure, hemorrhage, and cardiac arrest, as well as kidney injury and seizures. If bitten, victims are advised to apply a pressure bandage to the bite and to get to a hospital as soon as possible.

The snake rescuers from Australian Snake Catchers successfully removed the snake from the printer and posted a video of the removal on Facebook. "This Snake decided to make this Printer into a 3D version," they wrote in the caption. "The Receptionist from a Windsor Dealership was about to refill the paper but when she pulled out the Drawer she Luckily saw this Eastern Brown Snake. 

We were dispatched to remove it so Business could continue. All is well that ends well. This could have been quite a Different and Dangerous outcome."

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