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Venomous Snake Filmed Killing and Eating Smaller Snake in Australia

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A venomous snake has been filmed killing and eating a smaller snake in Queensland, Australia, in a video that has surprised some viewers who were unaware that snakes occasionally eat other snakes.

The video, which was posted on Facebook this week, shows a red-bellied black snake biting and subduing a common tree snake in Image Flat, Nambour.

Red-bellied black snakes typically grow to between 1 and 2 meters in length and usually feed on frogs, small mammals and reptiles. They are almost uniformly black and glossy on top, with red flanks and a pale pink belly.

Although they tend to avoid humans, they have been known to attack when provoked.

No humans are believed to have died from a bite from a red-bellied black snake, but its venom can cause painful injuries, including swelling, diarrhoea, vomiting, prolonged bleeding and localized necrosis.

The video was shot by a woman who witnessed the incident and posted online by Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, a company that offers snake removal services in Queensland.

“Most Australian venomous species will take the opportunity to eat other snakes when the chance comes around,” the company said.

The video also shows Richie Gilbert, one of the company’s snake catchers, who with help from the person behind the camera tracks down and captures the snake, which was spotted between a pony-riding school and a creek.

However, by then it had swallowed its prey entirely.

“We were called to a pony club out the back of Nambour on the Sunshine Coast to a good sized Red Bellied Black Snake eating a Common Tree Snake right at the back of the building,” the company wrote on Facebook.

“When Richie arrived it had finished his lunch and hid to digest when suddenly it made a dash through the water to escape!”

A red-bellied black snake has been filmed killing and eating a common tree snake in Australia.
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After capturing the snake, Gilbert relocates it. As he tries to release the snake, it attacks the bag it has been carried in. It finally lets go, pauses and speeds away.

“He wasn’t quick enough to get away from two sets of alert eyes and was relocated safely,” Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 added.

“Trying to demonstrate the nature of a venomous snake once again proved to us that they just want to get away and escape.”

Another video posted by Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 this week shows a much smaller red-bellied black snake that had managed to make its way into a house and had concealed itself within a chair’s wicker armrest.

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