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Woman finds pregnant, venomous snake hiding under her fridge

She decided not to keep it.

 

David Britton

Internet Culture

Published Jan 14, 2016   Updated May 27, 2021, 9:03 am CDT

Eastern brown snakes are well known for both their speed and aggression, and are the world’s second-most venomous land snake—making it the second-to-last thing you want to find hiding under your refrigerator.

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But that’s exactly what happened to a woman from Adelaide, Australia, when she went to the fridge to get a drink one day. She saw the snake’s tiny brown head peering up at her and called Snake Catchers Adelaide, a company that specializes in snake and wildlife removal.

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That’s when Rolly Burrell came over and used a highly technical snake removal technique called “grabbing it with your bare hands and throwing it in a sack.” 

It’s a good thing Burrell came over when he did. Although in the video they refer to the snake as “he,” it turns out that he was a she, and was carrying a belly full of eggs—14 to be exact—which she laid two days later.

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“It’s lucky she saw the snake now or she might have been going to the fridge to get a drink later on and seen all these little critters all over the place,” Burrell said. 

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At which point, it’s safe to assume, she would have skipped the wildlife removal service and just called a real estate agent.  

H/T Nothing To Do With Arbroath | Photo via John Robb/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Jan 14, 2016, 2:12 pm CST