Man Grabs Deadly Tiger Snake Trapped in Can, Works to Free It Without Slicing Body in Two


Do spiders make you scream? Or do you jump up on a chair if you see a mouse? Don’t worry, you’re in good company because approximately 19.2 million U.S. adults are affected by phobias.

Ophidiophobia, or the fear of snakes, is one of the most common phobias, and it’s not too hard to see why.

Their long, scaly bodies slithering across the floor are enough to gross anyone out. But many people are afraid of the potential danger of snakes.

One Australian man showed no fear in the face of danger as he tried to rescue a poisonous snake.

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The tiger snake had gotten stuck in a can, supposedly trying to get a drink on a hot day.

While holding the can in one hand and his tool in the other, the man was doing his best to cut the snake free while avoiding the poisonous bite.

The snake shot its head out of the can, mouth wide open, obviously angry at the situation and his rescuer quickly jumped out of its way. Next, the rescuer cuts the can to try and let the snake free himself. The snake slowly tries to slither out and then gets stuck again, becoming more frustrated.

“Alright, he just bit himself,” a woman off camera says. The man responds, “He’s trying to bite the can.”

The snake wrangler continues to help the snake, as the little guy seems to be trying to kill himself with his own venom.

The rescuer grabs the snake’s neck and instructs someone else how to cut him free.

“Don’t go near his face,” he says. “I need you to cut, use the small ones. What I want to do is just very gently, see if you can peel that (can) back.”

The snake still was stuck and getting more and more frustrated, showing signs of anger with his tail.

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They finally cut him loose, the man still holding the deadly snake as they clear the area of the can and tools. And then he plops the snake in a box and closes the lid.

“He’s actually not that damaged, which is good,” the man says. “Few loose scales and misplaced scales, but I’ll keep him overnight and make sure he’s all good. But he should be OK.”

The next day, they released the snake back into the wild and the man thanked the public for not letting the snake die in the can and called him for help.

Snakes, after all, are still good creatures in this world, whether they are poisonous or not, and deserve a chance to live.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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