A woman captured the moment she discovered a large red-bellied black snake wreaking havoc in her living room.
Sarah Kirkman, an Australian TikTok user, says in the video that she returned home to find a huge mess in her living room and the red bellied snake perched on top of her television.
Kirkman said it was the fourth time she saw one of the reptiles in her home this month. “It’s official, I have snake plague,” she said during the video.
“Just two days ago I walked into my laundry room and heard a loud hissing sound, looked down and found another red belly at my feet.”
Kirkman said she was forced to call a neighbor to remove the reptile because her local snake removal expert was on vacation.
The video, posted Sunday, has been viewed nearly 300,000 times on TikTok.
The red-bellied black snake is native to Australia and is most commonly found in humid habitats on the country’s east coast. They can grow to around 4 feet long and have a dull pink or red belly.
Snakes are not aggressive but can attack if provoked. A bite from a red-bellied black snake can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
There are no recorded deaths attributed to the species, although some bite victims have had to be amputated following a severe reaction.
WIRES, an Australia-based wildlife rescue charity, warns that anyone who encounters a red-bellied black snake should not attempt to approach or attempt to contain it.
A message posted on the charity’s website read: “Although many snakes are not poisonous, please keep children and pets away from snakes at all times. “
Australia has around 140 species of land snakes and 32 recorded species of sea snakes, according to the New South Wales Regional Government. About 100 snakes are poisonous, but only 12 of them are capable of inflicting fatal injury.
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