WATCH: Snake catcher's deadly find in family pantry
A SIX-FOOT Eastern Brown snake was headed for the bickies and a place to hide when a Redbank family locked it in their pantry with a broom.
Snake catcher Brandon Wilkinson was called to rescue the reptile but got "close enough to kiss it on the lips" by the time he realised what he was dealing with.
The family thought it was a relatively harmless carpet python but it wasn't until Mr Wilkinson was in a compromised position that he realised it wasn't harmless.
"I was down on all fours with my head in the pantry looking for this carpet python when I came face to face with an Eastern Brown," he said.
"I almost kissed it on the lips.
"I dragged him out and he wasn't too happy but it wasn't the worst behaved brown snake in the world but it was one of the biggest, it would have been about five or six foot."
Mr Wilkinson said brown snakes normally left quickly but this one was trapped in the pantry.
"The home owner told us they thought they saw a carpet python in the pantry in the early morning," he said.
"They just saw the tail going into the pantry, the daughter had left the door open the night before. She must have been doing a late night raid of the pantry.
"They used a broom to close the pantry which must of been what kept it in there because normally they don't stick around. They were not game to get any closer to the pantry.
They generally try to stay out the way of people as best they can but during breeding season common sense goes out the window and they want to get the job done."