Farmer is lucky to be alive after accidentally stepping on a deadly eastern brown snake in a pitch-black shed, as he reveals the two things that incredibly saved his life.
- Cattle baron steps on a snake in a pitch-black shed
- Brown snake attacks twice but the clothes protect it
- Second recent encounter with snakes for George Scott
The owner of a huge cattle station got lucky when he stepped on a deadly brown snake in a dark shed and was struck twice.
George Scott, owner of the 282,000ha historic Thylungra estate in south-west central Queensland, shared his terrifying close encounter on Twitter along with a photo of the mangled reptile on Friday.
“It doesn’t look very big now, but when I stood on it in the dark in the feed shed, I thought it was six feet,” Mr Scott commented of the image of the snake, which appeared to be about three feet long.
“I knew even in the dark that it was an oriental (brown) by the way it boiled.”
Mr Scott told Daily Mail Australia that his footfall “unfortunately” killed the snake.
Eastern brown snake being stood on by the owner of the Thylungra cattle station in the total darkness of a feeding shed
“I came down from a considerable height after my initial attempt to launch into space failed due to interference from an iron ceiling,” he said of the experience.
“I was trying to check my legs, but my son was yelling at me to get the snake, so I had to wait.”
‘He (the snake) hit me at least twice. Luckily he was wearing boots and good jeans.
It’s not the first unfortunate encounter the Scott family, which includes six children, has had with deadly brown snakes this year.
Mr Scott said that although the snake struck him twice, it was unable to inject venom through his rugged jeans and boots.
In early January, Scott tweeted that three of the family’s beloved dachshunds, two of whom were two years old and one older dog, were bitten and killed by a brown snake in a single day.
“Yeah, it’s almost surreal,” he tweeted at the time.
‘So still and silent here now. The kids can’t believe they’re gone.
Later, the snake was found and killed.
The dangers of ranching in the interior also nearly killed Scott’s brother, Bill, who survived a helicopter crash on the property.
In early January, a single brown snake bit and killed three beloved Scott family pets on the property.
Scott, whose family hails from Longreach in central Queensland, bought Thylungra in 2008 for $10.5 million from Clyde Agriculture.
He turned what was once considered the largest sheep farm in the world into cattle territory.
At the time, Scott said he was looking forward to the challenge.
“This is a big step for the Scott family,” he said.
“It’s considerably bigger than anything we’ve been involved with in the past and it’s exclusive property.
‘It’s a great asset to have him in the family name. We really look forward to a long association with him.
‘We are cattle people and certainly intend to drive cattle into Thylungra.’
Mr. Scott owns the giant Thylungra cattle station located in South West Central Queensland.