Keelback Snake Gives 'Smile' to Snake Catcher After Rescue From Fishing Net

A snake catcher came to the rescue of a small keelback that had become tangled in fishing net at a Queensland home, footage posted on June 1 shows.

Stuart McKenzie from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 posted the video to Facebook, showing him untangling and relocating the snake, which had been found in a family’s garage in Palmview.

“Thankfully the keelback was noticed sooner rather than later and we were able to head out straightaway and cut the snake out of the netting safely,” McKenzie wrote alongside the video.

He added that the snake had “a bit of swelling” that subsided about 15 minutes after it was cut out of the net, meaning it was "all good for release.

“The keelback even gave me an open mouth smile when I released it,” McKenzie wrote in the post. Credit: Stuart McKenzie via Storyful

Video transcript

STUART MCKENZIE: Just about to arrive at a place in Palm View. Now the situation is a snake is actually stuck in netting, and we've talked about this in the past where if you've got bird netting or any kind of netting just lying around, definitely pick it up, putting it on shelves, or get rid of it.

In this case, it was just a couple of little fish nets, and a snake, brown-colored snake, has been stuck in it. So we're going to head over, get him out of there as soon as possible, and hopefully no injuries and all good for a release.


STUART MCKENZIE: That's all right.

- Looks like he's still--

STUART MCKENZIE: Just double check what we've got here. Yeah, it's a keelback. The top end where the problem is.

- Are they venomous?

STUART MCKENZIE: No, these guys aren't. But they look like a brown snake, so--

- Yeah, [INAUDIBLE].

STUART MCKENZIE: You can see-- I don't know if he's--



- What kind of snake is that?

STUART MCKENZIE: That's a keelback.

- A what?


- What's that?

STUART MCKENZIE: A freshwater snake.

- Oh.

- There's a big creek down the back.

STUART MCKENZIE: Yeah, which is probably-- you're all right, bud. Stop struggling.

OK, so don't reverse up. Just come out. Come down. Come this way. That's it. There you go.

- Is it cut?

STUART MCKENZIE: Just going to have a look at him now. Something funky going on at the top of you, but I don't know if that's just like a build up of fluid or whether it's just a bit of swelling just because he's been stuck in there for a bit. What we'll do, we'll hold onto him for a little bit, just sort of check him over the next hour and see if that goes down or-- he seems fine. Like, he doesn't have any obvious injuries, external injuries, so let's release. Beautiful.

All right, buddy. He's pretty cold too, so-- all right. In you go.

Yeah, I reckon he'll be good for release, but we'll check on him, yeah, like I said, in about probably a half hour.

- OK.

STUART MCKENZIE: All right, I've just got this little keelback here. As you can see, the swelling is dramatically going down already. It's only been about 10, 15 minutes. So he will be all good to release. Oh, cranky. I am helping you. Hey. There you go. He's keen to go. Off you go.

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