Fisherman finds huge tiger snake in boat at Lake Wellington in East Gippsland, Victoria

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Visser is astonished when he ‘sticks out his tongue’ a meter-long poisonous tiger snake while he is on his small boat 11 kilometers out to sea

  • Seasoned fisherman from Victoria discovered a poisonous snake hiding in a boat
  • Bob Thatcher, 79, was sailing on Lake Wellington when he found the tiger snake
  • He quickly traveled back to the coast where a snake catcher rescued the reptile

A fisherman was stunned to see a meter-long tiger snake slithering around his feet while aboard his boat seven miles out at sea.

Fisherman Bob Thatcher, 79, was fishing on Lake Wellington in the East Gippsland region of Victoria when he saw an unexpected stowaway hiding in the corner of his boat.

“ I looked down and there’s a tiger snake sitting there, I guess about 12 inches from my feet, ” he said. 9 News.

A veteran Victorian fisherman discovered the tiger snake in his boat in Victoria

A veteran Victorian fisherman discovered the tiger snake in his boat in Victoria

“I stood there looking at it for a while and it stuck out its tongue.”

Unsure of how to handle the precarious situation, Mr. Thatcher decided to throw a sweater over the poisonous reptile to “rouse it.”

Then it went back [to] the left side of the boat where he was behind the hoist, ”he said.

Gippsland Snake Catchers captured the reptile from the boat at Lake Wellington in Victoria

Gippsland Snake Catchers captured the reptile from the boat at Lake Wellington in Victoria

After briefly contemplating jumping overboard, the 79-year-old brought anchor and sailed back to shore, calling a snake catcher on his way in for an emergency response.

On his 30-minute return journey, Mr. Thatcher called his wife and son, but they did not answer his SOS calls.

Bayden Neal of Gippsland Snake Catchers said he had ‘a hose set and everything on standby’ while he waited on the shore.

Mr. Neal said the rescue was not a ‘great experience’ as the slippery cargo was not the ‘smallest snake’ to come out of a four-meter boat.

Bob Thatcher, 79, threw a sweater over the tiger snake in an attempt to 'stir him up'

Bob Thatcher, 79, threw a sweater over the tiger snake in an attempt to ‘stir him up’

What is a tiger snake?

Description:

The tiger snake is usually seen with dark olive-brown to black-brown scales with off-white to yellow transverse bands across the belly.

The total length for a mainland tiger snake is about 1.3m, but they can reach up to 2.1m.

Habitat:

The species is often associated with watery environments such as creeks, dams, drains, lagoons, wetlands and swamps.

Nutrition and diet:

Tiger snakes have a wide diet that includes fish, frogs and tadpoles, lizards, birds and mammals as well as carrion.

They will also search for prey underwater and can stay underwater for at least 9 minutes.

What to do if you get bitten:

Tiger snakes are known for their aggressive nature and their poisonous venom, which makes them extremely dangerous to humans.

He will hiss loudly as he inflates and deflates his body and will lash out and bite forcefully if provoked.

The venom is highly neurotoxic and clotting, and anyone suspected of being bitten should seek immediate medical attention.

Credit: Australian museum

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