Extremely rare snake with silver skin spotted in woman's backyard

Extremely rare snake with silver skin spotted in woman's backyard

A woman in Australia found one of the world’s deadliest snakes in her back garden this week, at her home in East Cessnock, New South Wales.

According to Paul Hampton, the captain of the Cessnock Rescue Squad who later captured the animal, the one-and-a-half-meter Eastern Brown snake was spotted at East Cessnock, New South Wales on Wednesday. But little did the residents know that the snake (which had a silver hide when it was seen) was actually the second most venomous land snake in the world.

Sharing a picture of the incredible reptile on their Facebook page, the Cessnock District Rescue Squad - NSW Volunteer Rescue Association Inc. wrote: "This amazing silver coloured Eastern Brown snake relocated from East Cessnock today. It looks almost chrome like the jig that Chris is using to handle it with. [sic]"

In an interview with The Daily Mail Australia, Hampton stated: "They get quite a lot of different color variations and just before they shed they get a silvery color. It’s the second most venomous land snake in the world. Don’t try and identify them. Just assume all snakes are venomous and stay away from them."

He added that the woman who spotted the snake had accidentally stepped on it while it had been carrying a mouse in its mouth. Disturbed, she contacted the Cessnock Rescue Squad, who came to collect the reptile and released it into the wild. He also cautioned Australians to always be cautious around any wild snakes that they find."

Snakes can be nasty - and this guy found that out the hard way:

Eastern brown snakes are commonly found on the east coast of Australia and can grow to be up to two and a half meters long. A bite from one of these venomous reptiles is extremely serious and can lead to paralysis, renal failure or cardiac arrest, which can often prove fatal to the victim.

Not only that, but Eastern brown snakes are responsible for killing more people than any other species of snake, with 23 snakebite deaths attributed to the species between 2000 and 2016.