Red-bellied Black Snake Stuck In Beer Can

August 24, 2015

Here is another reason to put litter in its place. A red-bellied black snake got its head stuck in a beer can in Wyong, which is on the central coast of New South Wales in Australia. The snake was unable to back its head out of the can and luckily an Aussie found it and brought it to the Australian Reptile Park, where it was safely removed without causing any harm to its skin or scales. The snake handlers at the park cut the can and removed the snake and after examining the reptile for any trauma, determined that the snake was healthy and released it.

Tim Faulkner rescues red-bellied black snake stuck in tin can

Tim Faulkner and the team at The Australian Reptile Park rescue a red-bellied black snake from an old tin can!

Posted by Tim Faulkner on Monday, August 24, 2015

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“The red-bellied black snake would have curiously slithered through the opening of the littered tin drinking can looking for food. And given its scales only run in one direction when trying to back out, the scales would have prevented it from release,” Australian Reptile Park, General manager Tim Faulkner told The Daily Telegraph.

“Animals don’t deserve to get caught in our litter, whether it’s sea turtles or birds eating plastic or snakes and small animals getting caught in tin cans, litter should be in the bin not the bush or the beach,” 

The 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, in the bush with its head stuck in a beer 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 western hognose snake, a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased 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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