Animals Video

By Kirstie Sutheran

This deadly Taipan snake was caught slithering across the feet of a man.

Despite it being the third most venomous snake in the world, the man doesn’t flinch and incredibly the snake passes by unfazed.

Ross McGibbon, 33, captures his brush with poisonous snake on camera in Mount Molloy, North Queensland in Australia.

Ross McGibbon Reptile Photography / Caters News

He says despite the Taipan’s infamy, they’re actually very shy snakes though they can defend themselves fiercely if they feel threatened. 

His nail-biting moment has been viewed over 300,000 times since Ross posting the video on his facebook page ‘Ross Mcgibbon Reptile Photography’. 

“As experienced snake handlers we are comfortable in the presence of venomous snakes. We understand their behaviour and know when they ‘mean business’.

Ross, a firefighter and photographer, said: “Generally speaking if you stay calm, so will the snake. 

“Large diurnal snakes such as Taipans that forage for their food have great eyesight and are therefore highly reactive to movement, so one of the best ways to make a snake feel safe around you is to stay still. 

“Obviously we do not recommend the general public get this close but if you know what you’re doing through years of experience then you are better equipped to judge if you are in danger or not.  

“First and foremost do not attempt to catch or kill the snake – this is often how most bites occur. 

Ross McGibbon Reptile Photography / Caters News“Next, stay calm and try not to imagine that this snake is going to bite someone if you don’t kill it then and there. 

“So many people believe these snakes are far more dangerous than they are and hopefully this video shows that they aren’t. 

“Taipans especially are very shy snakes and they usually see you first and take off. 

“They are a fast and agile snake so sometimes if they get cornered or they are provoked by someone attempting to catch or kill them, they will fiercely defend themselves. 

“This is where they get a bad reputation. When left alone, they present very little danger to humans.”