An Australian snake catcher was called to a rifle shooting range on the outskirts of the northern city of Brisbane on Wednesday to capture a huge red-bellied black snake, which he named “Chonk” for its healthy condition.
The 1.8-metre (6-ft) -long male reptile was probably hunting for suitable mates as the breeding season began, snake catcher Bryce Lockett told Reuters, after it slithered out of a large creek system where fish and frogs would have kept it well-fed.
It was common to find snakes during the breeding season as males traveled further to find a mate, though snakes of this size were rare, Lockett said.
“Every now and again they pop up,” he added. “I named him ‘Chonk’ just because he was very fat and healthy.”