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Warnings after baby brown snake picked up by cafe worker

This juvenile Eastern brown snake was found outside a Springfield Cafe.
This juvenile Eastern brown snake was found outside a Springfield Cafe.

A LOCAL snake catcher is warning people not to try and pick up snakes after a Springfield cafe worker scooped, what he later found out was a juvenile brown snake into a container this morning.

Andrew Smedley from Andrew's Snake Removal said a cafe worker who had arrived to work at 4.30am this morning noticed the little snake slithering before scooping him into a container.

"They were unaware it was an eastern brown and while at this size their fangs are very tiny and deliver less venom then an adult they still have the same toxicity from the moment they hatch and all it takes is the smallest amount of venom to really ruin your day or potentially your life," the snake catcher posted to Facebook.

"At this size juvenile snakes are extremely flighty and nervous, everything is a potential predator to them, whilst very pretty and cute little buggers that's the mistake people make by thinking nothing of it and think it's safe to pick them up, but never attempt to do so as they will readily bite at this size."

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