Matt Hagan – a dedicated snake catch over in Australia – got a call from a woman about a snake harassing her in a town called Earville (amazing name for a town, I’m sure you’ll agree) but when he turned up at the house he was greeted with a very unusual sight: the 1.5m Brown Tree Snake had seemingly committed suicide by burying its venomous fangs into its own neck.
Here’s what Matt had to say about it:
I could immediately see something wasn’t quite right with the snake. When I picked it up I noticed it was still biting down firmly on its neck. I thought what on earth — it looked like it had bitten its own neck and died.
I’d never seen anything like it before in all my call outs. However I don’t think it had intentionally taken its own life.
Apparently when they do have a trauma they do try and bite around the area. I suspect the snake didn’t end its own life on purpose, but was possibly in severe pain and ended up in this unfortunate position.
So there you have it – if any poisonous snakes are reading this make sure that you’re really careful when you’re trying to sort out any trauma you’re suffering from and don’t accidentally inject poisonous venom into your own body – it doesn’t end up so well.
As weird as this is though, I don’t think it’s as weird as when a decapitated snake decided to attack its own body.