Can you spot the venomous snake hiding in the grass?

Snake in the grass: Can you spot the deadly deadly reptile hiding in the undergrowth?

  • Snake catcher Lockie Gilding snapped a picture when he found a hiding snake
  • Almost 60 people had a go at spotting the snake on Facebook, only a few could
  • The snake was later identified as a venomous red-bellied black snake

A challenge to try and spot a venomous reptile seen hiding near a walking track has gone out to Facebook users.

Uploaded to Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 on Wednesday, professional snake catcher Lockie Gilding invited his followers to try and find a serpent lurking in the bushlands.

An eagle-eyed observer just might be able to pick out the wild red-bellied black snake, captured on camera near a popular Sunshine Coast walking track.

A keen eye might be able to pick out the red-bellied black snake hiding in this photo

Almost 60 people had a go at spotting the snake, with only a couple being able to correctly identify the lurking predator. 

One Facebook commenter made their guess, saying, ‘Stripy looking long thing! Curved around a bottom branch more to the left?’  

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‘I think it’s in the very bottom right,’ said another.   

While Gilding admitted this was one of the hardest games of ‘spot the snake’ he’d uploaded to Facebook, a few of his followers spotted the serpent just off to the right of the centre of the photo.

One of many who gave up said, ‘Welp that’s it, I’d be bit.’

A clearer shot of the snake poking out of the tall grass was uploaded a day after the original challenge

The snake was identified as a venomous red-bellied black snake, which is considered docile

The snake was identified by Gilding as a red-bellied black snake, which are not uncommon for the area.

Considered largely docile, red-bellied black snakes usually stay away from walking tracks and make their homes near creeks.

One user on Facebook asked why there were so many snakes around during what is normally hibernation season. 

The reply was that even though it is currently Winter, most snakes in the area are warm-blooded and still move around during the day, only slower than usual. 

Though they’re considered venomous, the bite of a red-bellied black snake is not usually fatal.

One thing they do well, as Gilding’s followers found out, is blend in with their environment. 

The wide head of the snake can just be seen just off to the right of centre of the photo



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