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That's not a tyre that's a two metre coastal taipan

THE third most venomous snake in the world has been caught at a River Heads property.

Fraser Coast snake catcher Roy McGrath was busy capturing a red belly black out of a house when the phone rang.

"When I got the call they thought it was an eastern brown but it turns out it was a two-metre long coastal taipan," Mr McGrath said.

A two metre coastal taipan was caught at a Fraser Coast property.
A two metre coastal taipan was caught at a Fraser Coast property. Jocelyn McMahon

Mr McGrath said it was quite a rare snake for our region and they had only caught about 20 in the past 25 years or so.

"They can bite you three or four times in a matter of seconds and have fangs 10-21mm long," he said.

"They're usually very quiet until you stir them up and if they feel threatened they strike."

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Mr McGrath and his colleague Lee Davis headed to the property on Monday.

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Property owner Jocelyn McMahon said she caught a glimpse of what she thought was an old tyre in the yard.

"When I took another look I pulled the dog inside and took a photo of it (after realising it was a snake)," Ms McMahon said.

Ms McMahon said her main priority was making sure her dog Benji was away from the snake before she called a friend and then the snake catcher.

"We live in a two-storey farmhouse on stilts and there are sheets of iron under the house," she said.

 

Benji the dog waits patiently while a coastal taipan is caught from under the house.
Benji the dog waits patiently while a coastal taipan is caught from under the house. Jocelyn McMahon

Mr Davis used tools to drag the snake out from under the iron sheets and it was released near Tinana Creek away from all farmhouses.

Mr McGrath said they had been busier lately with the humid weather, capturing about 17 snakes from across the region in the past week.

He said the coastal taipan was very quick and fast-striking if agitated.

"The venom will attack your central nervous system," he said.

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