Family Discover Deadly Brown Snake Hiding Behind Toaster In Their Kitchen

A Queensland family was shocked to find a deadly brown snake curled up in a toaster cord in their kitchen.

Snake catcher Stuart McKenzie was called to a home in Rosemount, on the Sunshine Coast, on Friday to retrieve the metre-long eastern brown snake.

He said he'd attempted to catch the snake a week earlier, and was amazed to discover it hiding beside a toaster.

Stuart McKenzie putting the snake into a bag. Image: Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7

"[The family are] so lucky that they saw it," McKenzie wrote on the Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 Facebook page.

"He was pretty comfortable up there curled up and minding his own business."

"He nearly got tangled in the toaster cord but I was able to bag him up safely."

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Eastern brown snakes are the second most deadly land snakes in the world, according to McKenzie.

"I get people sending me photos where they're holding deadly snakes, or they have snakes in plastic containers, which is extremely dangerous. You're not supposed to relocate snakes without a permit," McKenzie told 10 daily in a previous interview.

He said snakes are attracted to rodents and will seek out chicken sheds, as well as bodies of water.

The Eastern brown snake is the second-most venomous land snake in the world. Photo: Adelaide Snake Catchers

"If you see a brown snake, stay away and do your best to keep an eye on it. Call a snake catcher to collect it," McKenzie said.

"If you get bitten, stay still and get someone to apply a pressure bandage and either wait for an ambulance or go to the hospital."

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