Largest snake ever Caught
Gigantor, a deadly Australian Eastern brown snake, is prepared to be measured and milked for it's venom by handlers Tim Faulkner and Billy Collett
The photo on the left shows an average Eastern brown snake compared to Gigantor on the right
The average Eastern brown snake is 1.5metres long and weighs 700g. Gigantor's venom yield is said to yield an insane 30mg per milking, compared to a normal Eastern brown which produces 11-12mg.
Giagantor is the biggest Eastern brown ever seen at the Australian Reptile Park and will play an important part in the park's life-saving venom milking program.
While the park was unable to confirm whether Gigantor was the largest Eastern brown to have ever been caught in Australia, the Australian Museum say the largest Eastern brown snake reliably measured and recorded had a total length of 1.8 metres. However it is believed that they can grow up to 2.4 metres in length.
The Eastern brown snake is 2 metres long. The average Eastern brown snake is 1.5 metres
Gigantor weighs 2kg and is the biggest Eastern brown snake the park has ever seen
The museum said the snakes 'seem to prefer open landscapes such as woodlands, scrublands, and savannah grassland, ' They said they are frequently found in many large towns and cities.
The park's general manager, Tim Faulkner urged caution at this time of year, claiming brown snakes thrive in the type of weather we have been experiencing in Sydney.
'He's well over the average size of an average Eastern brown, with twice the girth – that's one big snake' Tim said.
Gigantor was found in a suburban backyard and was caught by the Australian Reptile Park rangers
Eastern brown snakes are attracted to the wet and humid conditions being experienced in Sydney
'It's the height of summer – a humid summer – which snakes love. Mix that with the rain we're experiencing and you're more likely to see them out and about' he said.
Around 3, 000 people are bitten by snakes in Australia each year, mainly in regional areas. Brown snakes account for three quarters (76%) of all snake bites, tiger snakes account for 18% of all bites and black snakes account for 6% of cases.
Eastern brown snakes are the second deadliest in Australia after the Inland taipan.Their fangs are very small (about 3mm long), but their venom contains potent neurotoxins and pro-coagulants, which cause progressive paralysis and incoagulable blood.
Eastern brown snakes are commonly found in mainland Australia and are the most common cause of snake bite deaths in Australia. They can vary from very pale brown to reddish or almost black in colour
More than 200 snakes are 'milked' fortnightly to provide venom to companies who then produce snake anti-venom
Eastern brown snakes are commonly found in mainland Australia and are the most common cause of snake bite deaths in Australia. They can vary from very pale brown to reddish or almost black in colour.
More than 200 snakes are 'milked' fortnightly to provide venom to companies who then produce snake anti-venom.