A six-foot long eastern brown snake climbed into a worker’s toolbox at the North Maclean primary school construction site across from the Pub Lane Shopping center on September 9, 2021.
Construction workers observed as the large snake moved around the construction site before he sought refuge inside the toolbox.
Southside Snake Services owner Tanzen Lilith was called to the site, where she gently removed the snake from the toolbox and into a bag using a snake hook tool.
Tanzen said it was fortunate that the workers saw the snake before it went in.
“It would have been a possible snake bite incident if they hadn’t seen it going in there, and he put his hand in there to retrieve a tool,” she said.
She said the workers did the right thing by contacting her and she was able to get the snake into the bag without stressing it out too much.
Tanzen said it was an example of a snake who just wanted to get away and hide.
She said brown snakes, like any other snakes, were most likely to attack when they were cornered or threatened.
“If you give them space to go, they will go; majority of them will flee,” she said.
“A brown snake is what I call a highly reactive snake, so it reacts to stress.
“It won’t hunt you down to harm you, but if you want to get in that space and corner it, it’s highly reactive.”
Tanzen said brown snakes were known to do a “mock chase” to scare people away, and would only initiate the chase if a person got too close.
“They don’t keep going until they catch you; they run out of energy pretty quickly,” she said.
The mock chase is only for a short distance, and the mock chase is designed to make you leave them alone.”
Tanzen said it was a story of everyone doing the right thing by not cornering the snake and calling a professional snake catcher.
“If somebody’s already stirred them up or tried to catch it themselves, it makes my job more dangerous and more difficult,” she said.