Aussie Truck Driver Rescues Red-Bellied Black Snake Stuck In Soda Can

November 11, 2014

There is a lesson in this story. Always toss your rubbish in the rubbish bin. 

According to the Daily Telegraph, a truck driver in Australia noticed a snake with its head stuck in a soda can on the side of the road and rather than pass it by, decided to stop and check its welfare. Well, the snake, a red-bellied black snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus), was in quite the squeeze as its head was stuck in the opening of the can and couldn’t crawl back out.

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It was definitely stuck. So the driver placed the snake in a bag and called WIRES, an Australian animal rescue organization, which sent someone out to pick the snake up. The WIRES rescuer proceeded to cut the soda can and safely removed the snake and released it. The snake was lucky in that it didn’t cut itself when it partially crawled inside the can. 

Red-bellied black snake is a large venomous snake native to the east coast of Australia. It can be found in woodlands, forests, and swamplands and on rare occurrences, on the street with its head stuck in a soda can. It grows to about 2 meters in length and is glossy black on its back and red on it belly. It is really a beautiful snake. It is front fanged and feeds mainly on frogs, other reptiles including other snakes and small mammals. It also eats its own species. 

John B. Virata keeps a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased at the Pet Place in Westminster, CA for $5. His first pet reptile was a green anole that arrived in a small box via mail order. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata 


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