'Monster' brown snake found hiding in garden shed

IT'S being called a monster.

A two metre - and angry - brown snake has been rounded up in a Toowoomba shed.

Snake catcher Ross McGibbon was called out to a job at Blue Mountain Heights.

The large and venomous snake was camping out in a garden shed and was discovered by the home-owner during a weekend clean out.

Mr McGibbon said the snake took shelter in an old set of draws after being disturbed.

 Ross McGibbon holds the giant brown snake by its tail.
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Ross McGibbon holds the giant brown snake by its tail. Photo Contributed

"The owner did rather well to keep calm and shut the door behind him before calling a snake catcher.

"It's so good to see snakes making it to this size and in such good condition.

"Wow, what an impressive animal,.

"I had a grin on my face all day after that catch."

Mr McGibbon said brown snakes reacted in three ways when confronted by people; fight, flight or going into crypsis (playing dead).

"In an enclosed area they often use defensive behaviour because they can't get away."

He said snakes grew to a large size in Toowoomba because of the high number of rats and mice.

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