Browns versus blacks: How snakes defend themselves

A LOCAL snake catcher has filmed two of Australia's deadliest snakes in action to highlight the dangers they pose.

Andrew Smedley, who catches snakes across Lockyer Valley, posted videos on his Facebook page of a red-bellied black snake and eastern brown snake in defence mode.

He explains the difference between the two snakes.

"Browns will rise up in an S-shape with their mouths wide open and will strike, whereas you will see red-bellies flatten out like a cobra to make themselves look bigger and lunge forward with their heads," Mr Smedley explains.

"They rarely will bite," he says of red-bellied black snakes.

"They mock bite with their mouths closed, like a head-butt.

"Just give them plenty of space and respect."

Mr Smedley said the speed of eastern brown snakes made them especially dangerous.

"You can see why it's not a wise idea to reach for a shovel and be a hero because by the time you swing the shovel it would have boiled the kettle twice and nailed you several times," he said.

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