Venomous tiger snake caught in mouse trap stuns Australian homeowner
A man was left stunned when he returned home to find he had caught one of the world's most venomous snakes in a mouse trap
Published 21/01/2016 | 20:36
A deadly tiger snaked caught in a mouse trap is the latest bizarre animal tale to come out of Australia.
Anthony Parker, from the small town of Cascade in Western Australia, returned home from work to find the snake wriggling in a trap.
“I came home from work at about 5pm, had a coffee and had a look at a few things on the internet and as I was sitting there I just heard the mouse-trap do snap,” he told Western Australia Today.
“I turned around, had a quick look and literally jumped off my stool because there was a snake about three metres away from me in the mouse trap.
“It was just trying to escape by trying to bite the trap off I think; I think it may have thought the trap was alive by trying to get it off.”
Mr Parker added that he and his family went away for a weekend and believes the mice inside his house attracted the snake inside.
The Australian Museum explains that tigers snakes have a “fearsome reputation”, adding that “only a few people will ever encounter one”.
“Unfortunately this species is much maligned because of its aggressive nature and toxic venom; however the tiger snake should be recognised as a great survivor, superbly adapted to some of the most inhospitable environments in Australia,” it says.
Mr Parker explained he put the reptile “out of its misery” as it was “highly distressed”. He explained that he kills snakes he sees around the house as he has a little boy.