Footage has emerged showing the moment a brown snake was pulled out of the footwell of an unsuspecting construction worker’s ute.
The catcher was called out to capture the deadly snake after it slithered across the worker’s arm while he was driving in Brisbane on Tuesday.
Both the driver and snake received ‘massive frights’ from the shock encounter, which led to the reptile retreating behind the driver’s seat.
The final moments of an hour-long battle to remove the eastern brown was captured by Brisbane Snake Catchers.
In the video, the long-haired catcher is seen gripping the snake with his left hand while reaching into the ute’s footwell with a hook.
The catcher’s assistant moves the seat on the passenger’s side back, saying: ‘Should happen now, without getting bitten.’
‘That’s the idea, hopefully,’ the catcher casually replies, as he hooks the snake with the catching tool.
The catcher then swiftly pulls out the writhing snake from the ute to concerned cries from his assistant, who asks if he wants a bag.
He holds up the snake for a photo, before diffusing any danger by wrapping it up in the purple bag.
The video’s description explains that the snake had made its way underneath the ute’s dashboard when the catchers arrived.
‘After an hour on site we managed to gain access through a small spacing around the handbrake, as it had gone deep under the centre console of the vehicle,’ Brisbane Snake Catchers said.
‘With a bit of patience and persistence we got there in the end. Just goes to show you, even in a high risk situation like this, it simply wanted to retreat and avoid conflict at all cost.’
The company explained the snake most likely made its way through the ute’s window while trying to escape the heat.