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Snake catcher hospitalised after being bitten by eastern brown at Pimpama home

A well-known Queensland snake catcher has been released from hospital after being bitten by an eastern brown snake at a house south of Brisbane.

Tony Harrison was live-streaming on Facebook on Saturday when he was bitten by a brown snake which was hiding under an air conditioning unit outside the home in Pimpama.

The video shows the snake striking at Mr Harrison as the air-conditioning unit is lifted up.

A woman is then heard saying, “He didn’t get you did he? Oh he did! Are you right?”.

The snake catcher, who attends homes in the Gold Coast, Logan, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast regions, is known for his outgoing personality on jobs.

Mr Harrison’s partner Brooke Smith confirmed he was receiving care in hospital. She said it was not the first occasion he had been bitten by a brown snake.

In a video from his hospital room, Mr Harrison said he was allergic to snake venom and had suffered anaphylactic shock after his last bite 20 years ago.

In an update to his followers, Mr Harrison said the encounter was his “worst nightmare being lived out”.

“I often think of the repercussions and it frightens me a lot … then today I get a quick ninja tap,” he said.

“See blood, and my worst nightmare was being lived out. Imagine the feeling of knowing you may die in a few hours.

“Well thanx [sic] to good universe powers or something it turns out I was not envenomated [it was] a dry bite.”

Mr Harrison said he would be back at work this morning.

The eastern brown snake is considered the world’s second most venomous land snake after the inland taipan.

The incident comes just a day after footage of Mr Harrison extracting a red-bellied black snake from tangled electrical cables went viral online.

Just an hour before the incident with the eastern brown snake, the ABC spoke to Mr Harrison about the challenging task of identifying a camouflaged snake.

He said the red-bellied black appeared to be almost the same width and colour as some of the cables, which were stacked “about a metre high”.

“A lot of the cables were black and red so I was thinking: how the hell am I going to find a snake in this?”

“When I did catch him, I picked up a lead that looked exactly like him. I held them side-by-side and they looked identical … it was quite dangerous.”

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Mr Harrison likened it to searching for a “needle in a haystack”.

“Which one is which? If you’re going to camouflage, you may as well do it properly,” he joked in video of the snake removal posted to social media.

Still, he said it was one of the easier removals of the season.

“When we first opened their garage, I thought we could be here for a while,” he said.

“They had a whole heap of stuff in their garage, as everyone does, and I think he [the homeowner] was a sparky.

“He showed us a photo of where the snake had been earlier on the cables and it took us a couple of minutes to find it.

“I just grabbed him by the tail and did what I did as I do and it was pretty simple. A pretty straightforward job actually.”