Australia is home to the world’s most venomous snakes. There are reportedly 3,000 snakebites occurring each year, with 300-500 requiring anti-venom treatments and hospitalization and with an average of two fatalities.
It was not a shock when a deadly eastern brown snake roamed around and slithered out of the drain in the kitchen sink of a Queensland homeowner while he was doing his dishes.
Michael Hillard said the reptile was only inches away from his hands when it came out. Mr. Hillard immediately called Steven Brown of Brisbane North Snake, who confirmed the snake as a juvenile eastern brown. Mr. Brown said when he arrived, the snake had already gone back into the drain; he reminded Australian residents that people should always be alert and check the plugholes as snakes are always on the sight.
In a separate case that occurred earlier, a woman from New South Wales found a live snake in a bag of potatoes. She bought it from a supermarket. The snake slithered out of the bag and went toward her five-year-old son who has a congenital heart defect.
Eastern brown snakes are fast-moving. They are aggressive reptiles which are responsible for many deaths in Australia by snakebites than any other groups of snakes. These snakes have the second most toxic venom in the world and can thrive in populated areas.