Snake catcher captures poisonous red-bellied reptile at shooting range

The snake was 1.8 metres long

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.”

source reuters