A Queensland snake catcher has relished the moment he managed to bag a record eastern brown after chasing it through a family’s Sunshine Coast garage.
Sunshine Coast snake catcher Richie Gilbert received a frantic call earlier this week from a Buderim mum who explained her son was stuck inside the family shed less than 2m away from an eastern brown.
Via Facebook, Mr Gilbert filmed the tricky process, explaining the man had been watching the massive snake when it moved towards him and blocked him in the shed.
“He can’t get out without going past the snake,” Mr Gilbert said.
After arriving at the family’s home, Mr Gilbert was faced with trying to find the 2m-long snake in a cluttered shed.
“I was excited. The adrenaline was pumping,” Mr Gilbert told Sunrise this morning.
When asked if Mr Gilbert had decided to take “extra precautions” before attempting to grab the mammoth serpent, the snake catcher laughed.
“No extra precautions,” he said. “They can become very defensive if you’re trying to catch or kill them and they all have different temperaments.
“This one was just trying to get away which makes my job a little harder but as for extra protective clothing, no, I’ve been dealing with these guys professionally for 17 years.”
Eventually Mr Gilbert nabbed the snake and bagged him up.
“Gee, he made me work for it,” he joked.
Mr Gilbert went on to measure the snake realising the 2.05m reptile was the largest he’d ever caught within the Sunshine Coast and northern Brisbane regions in 15 years.
The snake catcher also admitted he’d never caught anything that big in Bargara or Bundaberg.
Homeowner Gerritje Galloway told Sunrise their house was regularly visited by snakes.
“We’ve had pythons quite a lot, we were pretty sure it was an eastern brown and it’s quite normal for us to see them here,” Ms Galloway said.
“We thought that’s a bit big but we thought it’ll go away by itself, which they normally do but this one decided it wanted to stay. We’re right next to native bushland so it’s not a difficulty.”
Mr Gilbert is a well-known snake catcher in Queensland, regularly going viral on social media for his gutsy job.
In August last year, Mr Gilbert spoke about his interesting career as a way of encouraging other people to join his team.
“I’ve been a snake catcher for 16 years and I do it because I want to educate people and I love the job,” he said.
“It’s really important that we educate people about snakes so the right person would need to be all about promoting this message.”
Mr Gilbert told The Sunshine Coast Dailyduring his busiest times as a snake-catcher he would work from 5am to 11pm and attend up to 19 call-outs in one day.
“The role will require someone to go out to calls for both venomous and non-venomous snakes,” he said.
“There are plenty of snakes on the Sunshine Coast that can kill you but I’ve had a pretty good run over the past 16 years.”