By Luke Kenton
This amourous snake was left in a very sticky situation after a believed case of mistaken identity left him rolling through tape, rather than the hay.
Veteran snake catcher of 20-years Rolly Burrell is no stranger to bizarre rescues, but this snake’s sticky predicament has been regarded as ‘one of the weirdest’ on January 20.
A contingent of the rescue group Snake Catchers Adelaide (SCA), Rolly was left rather confused where he arrived to see an eastern brown snake – the second most venomous snake in the world – tangled tightly in a duct tape noose.
Having to work quickly and safely, Rolly had to be weary as he sprayed vegetable oil between the snake and the tape to loosen it, well aware that a single bite from the serpent could kill him within the hour.
Able to free the deadly creature in just a few minutes, the snake was rinsed off and closely watched for a few days by SCA, before being returned to the wild.
Ange Broadstock, a fellow rescuer and spokesperson for SCA, said: “We received an early morning phone call saying that a snake was stuck in some duct tape in a garage.
“It was extremely tangled and seemed to have been so for several hours.
“For the snake, it could have been a case of mistaken identity, but it was certainly in the wrong place at the wrong time – this is something you rarely see.
“A human can be dead within an hour of the eastern brown snake’s bite if first aid isn’t administered – but Rolly is an expert and has been doing this for 20 years.
“Rolly and I spent time removing the tape by spraying a lot of vegetable oil onto the tape and snake, as it breaks down the stickiness, making it easier to remove.
“It’s definitely up there with one of the weirdest rescues, it’s amazing where these snake get into and the situations they find themselves in.”