Video: Family Catches Highly Venomous Tiger Snake in Mouse Trap
OutdoorHub Reporters 01.20.16
The tiger snakes is arguably one of the most venomous snakes in the world, and certainly one of the most dangerous in Australia. It is equipped with a potent neurotoxic venom that can kill within 30 minutes of being bitten and has a untreated fatality rate of 60 percent. Symptoms of a bite often include localized pain in the feet and neck, numbness, a tingling sensation, and then the rapid onset of difficulty in breathing and eventually paralysis. It is not a snake to be messed with.
This family caught one in a mouse trap.
Anthony Parker of Cascade, Western Australia said he was absolutely shocked when he came home on Monday and found the snake ensnared in the trap.
“I came home from work at about 5pm, had a coffee and had a look at a few things on the internet and as I was sitting there I just heard the mouse trap go snap,” he told The Esperance Express. “I turned around, had a quick look and literally jumped off my stool because there was a snake about three metres away from me in the mouse trap.
Parker said his wife had set mousetraps due to concerns of a rodent problem, but never expected to catch a venomous snake. The entire incident was so bizarre that Parker videotaped the snake attempting to escape the trap.
Having u cuppa an heard the mouse trap go off! I love mouse traps – Ebony Parker
Posted by Anthony Parker on Monday, January 18, 2016
The family later decided to euthanize the snake after deeming it too risky to move, especially around their young son. Typically, the tiger snake is a protected animal in many Australian states, and killing one without justification could result in hefty fines and possibly jail time.