Heartwarming moment: Barefoot dad steps on a deadly snake that slithers outside his front door
- Melbourne dad stepped on a deadly snake
- Stood on a deadly lowland copperhead
- Despite being barefoot, he was not bitten.
One lucky dad had an incredible escape when he stepped barefoot on a deadly snake slithering outside his front door.
Arvind, who lives in Donnybrook, 50km north of Melbourne, stepped on a large lowland copperhead that was basking in the sun on his front path.
The father yelled when he realized what had just happened and checked to make sure the 1.5 meter snake wasn’t chasing him as it ran into his front yard.
He then desperately warned his family, telling them to stay inside.
The terrifying scene was captured by Arvind’s home security system and shared on the Facebook page of snake catcher Mark Pelley, who was called in to remove it.
After his encounter with Arvind, the copperhead managed to crawl under the concrete walkway and hid until Mr. Pelley finally caught the creature.
Pelley said that Arvind “is amazing and he did the right thing.”
“He kept his family away from the snake after such a dangerous event and good news, he will go to work tomorrow as Arvind is safe and he wasn’t bitten.”
Pelley captioned the video “A moment between life and death” on Facebook.
This is not an exaggeration because a bite from a lowland copperhead can be fatal.
An encounter with a lowland copperhead is a truly dangerous event. Its venom is potentially fatal if the bite is left untreated.
The terrifying scene was captured by Arvind’s home security system and shared on the Facebook page of snake catcher Mark Pelley, who was called in to take it down (pictured, copperhead Mr. Pelley).
“The venom is powerfully neurotoxic, haemolytic and cytotoxic, and a bite from an adult of any species can be life-threatening without medical assistance,” according to the Australian Museum.
But it may not be just good luck that Arvind hasn’t been bitten.
Copperheads prefer to avoid biting humans if they can.
“If a copperhead is cornered, it will hiss loudly, flatten its body and shake or wiggle, but usually without biting,” the Australian Museum said.