WATCH: When one of the world's deadliest snakes strikes

THIS is what it looks like when one of the world's most deadly snakes attacks.

Snake Catchers 24/7 owner Stuart McKenzie was called to a work site at about 11am on Monday near Pomona, where a large eastern brown snake was nestled in a toolshed.

It was the first eastern brown the snake catcher had encountered in months, heralding the beginning of snake season as the warm weather coaxes them out of hibernation.

Mr McKenzie safely caught and released the eastern brown into nearby bushland, a safe distance away from homes and businesses.

The eastern brown snake is the second-most-venomous land snake in the world.


The snake would have happily slithered off into the distance but Mr McKenzie saw one more education opportunity, sharing the video to the Snake Catchers Sunshine Coast 24/7 Facebook page.

"I just wanted to demonstrate what happens when you get too close to a snake and get up in his face," he said.

"When I got in front of him I became a predator to him, so he felt threatened and came at me.

"As soon as I became less of a threat and stopped advancing on him then all he wanted to do was go."

Mr McKenzie said the eastern brown was actually a pretty calm serpent.

"I could have put him out of the bag and he would have slithered off," he said.

"The whole point of that video was to see what happens when you get too close to them.


A still of the deadly snake lunging at the snake catcher.
A still of the deadly snake lunging at the snake catcher. Contributed

"Just don't do what I did in the video; keep your distance and don't become a threat; give snakes the space they need."

Although Queensland law prohibits the killing of snakes, many people may attempt to lop the head off a snake with a shovel.

"Not only is it wrong, but I don't recommend doing it," Mr McKenzie said.

"The majority of people who are bitten are trying to catch or kill the snake.

"The best thing to do is drop the shovel, and call a snake catcher."

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