Snake Catcher Gets Called To Home Only To Find A Rubber Snake
Living in Australia, some people have a propensity to be freaked out when they see something that could be deadly.
We're constantly reminded that you could turn the corner or go for a dip in the ocean and you might meet a terrifying insect, creature, monster, animal or bacteria.
So it's kind of understandable what happened to a Queensland snake catcher, who was called to a home to check out reports of a slippery sucker wandering through a home.
Stuart McKenzie, 29, received a panicked call from a person who said their cleaner had discovered a snake underneath one of the beds in a room she was working in.
Stuart grabbed all his best snake-catching gear and raced over to the holiday home in Peregian Springs - ready to come face-to-face with any serpents that might appear.
He filmed himself going into the room, hoping it would make for good content for his Facebook page.
The 29-year-old, who owns Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, said: "A family had been staying in a holiday home, and the lady who owns the house always has someone over to clean it after the guests leave.
"I got a call from her to tell me that a cleaner had found a little black snake in one of the rooms she was working in.
"I told her to lock the door and pop a towel underneath so that the snake wouldn't get out or go anywhere until I arrived.
"I headed straight over and had a chat to the cleaner, who told me she had gotten a bit of a fright while doing the vacuuming.
"She said she had seen a black snake under the left bed, so I went in to have a look. I instantly knew something wasn't quite right.
"It certainly looked like a snake. But its body shape was really stubby for its length and it just looked odd.
"Then I got closer and just said 'oh no...' and put my hand in to grab it. It was a rubber toy.
"I was in shock and then just started laughing. It was really funny."
Stuart has been catching snakes for the past six years and says that this type of thing happens all the time - but added that it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to snakes.
Much better to freak out than pick up what you think is a toy and get a couple of fangs to the arm.
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