By Nelson Groom
This is the dramatic moment a female snake catcher unearthed one of the world’s deadliest serpents from inside a garden bin – with her bare hands.
Shocking footage from Adelaide in South Australia shows snake catcher Ange Broadstock wrangling a deadly Eastern brown snake from inside a soil compost bin in a backyard.
In the video, the metre-long reptile is completely hidden from view before suddenly popping out into the open when fearless Ange, from Adelaide, digs in the soil with her bare hands.
Ange, who has ten years’ experience in the job, said it was only the second time she had ever been called to remove a snake from such a spot.
The 45-year-old said: “We got a call from a resident who spotted it while he was gardening. He’s not bad with them but his wife was terrified.
“You couldn’t really see the snake, so I just started poking around a bit. They like places that because it’s nice and warm, he was almost hot when I got him out.”
Browns are Australia’s deadliest species of snake, and ranked the second most venomous land serpent on the planet.
And astonishingly, Ange has survived not one, but two bites from the notoriously aggressive reptiles – yet she claims she isn’t scared of them.
Warmer temperatures, humidity and high pollen levels across Australia have driven snakes of all shapes and sizes onto the move to seek food and mates.
And Ange had some words of warning for Aussies to stay safe while the serpents are on the move.
She added: “I’ve been bitten last year and the year before. I’m not scared though, absolutely not – that’s what they do.
“It’s a big adrenaline rush. Sometimes I become complacent and need a reality check.
“Spring season is the most active for snakes, because they’re looking for a mate and food.
“Anyone gardening in this season should make sure to wear gloves and rake around first. If you keep a compost bin, cover the top with a fine mesh.”