A snake catcher business has taken to social media with a warning to be cautious around snakes – no matter their size.
Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 took to Facebook this week to share a picture of a man holding a baby snake in order to get it identified.
What the man didn’t know was that he was holding a juvenile eastern brown snake.
“We are always happy to provide a snake identification service for anyone that has a photo of a snake - however, I thought I’d use these two examples of how not to do it," the Facebook post began.
“The first image is a man holding a juvenile Eastern Brown Snake (dangerously venomous!) asking for an ID - and the second is a distant image of a snake in a pool.”
Speaking ABC News, snake catcher Max Jackson said: "A snake that size has full capabilities to come up and bite him, with much faster reflexes than he would be able to react to.”
"It could have easily flicked up and given him a little nip. Just because it's a baby snake it's still got every potential to cause a fatality.
What to do if you find a snake in your house?
Whatever you do, don't try and catch the snake yourself, especially if you don't know what type of snake it is.
"They're purely defensive animals. If you corner them and try kill or capture them, especially inside the house, they can't kick or punch and there's only one thing they can do and it's bite you," Jackson said.
"They're never going to hurt anyone if you leave it be. They're not aggressive animals, there won't be a snake that will chase you down the street."
Jackson recommeds contacting a local and licenced snake catcher to have the snake relocated.
What to do if you are bitten by a snake
Queensland Health shared a Facebook post last month, with advice on what to do if you're bitten by a brown snake.
"Animal: Brown snake
What to do: Dial Triple Zero (000) immediately if bitten by any snake. Apply a pressure immobilisation bandage and splint to reduce venom absorption. This may be lifesaving and should be done immediately after any snake bite, and before symptoms develop. In the event of a cardiac arrest commence CPR."