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Shocking moment two HUGE red-bellied black snakes duel it in a Sunshine Coast backyard


Scary moment two HUGE red-bellied black snakes duel it out on a family’s backyard – as the venomous five-foot-long reptiles coil around each other

  • Footage has been captured of two 1.5 metre red-bellied black snakes fighting
  • Stuart McKenzie from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers was called out to a home
  • In Woombye, west of the Sunshine Coast where the reptiles were brawling
  • The huge snakes were safely captured before being relocated to local bushland 


Two huge red-bellied black snakes have been captured fighting, tangling themselves together and attempting to assert dominance.

Stuart McKenzie was called to a home in Woombye, west of the Sunshine Coast, after the owners spotted the terrifying duel taking place in their backyard.

‘I just received a call for two huge red bellied black snakes fighting, I’ve only seen this happen once’ Mr McKenzie from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers said excitedly.   

Upon arriving Mr McKenzie exclaims ‘oh yes, they are still going’ as he approaches the massive one-and-a half-metre snakes in footage posted to Facebook on September 17.

Stuart McKenzie from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers posted footage to Facebook of a red-bellied black snake fight (pictured)

The serpents are fully coiled around each other, fighting for dominance by attempting to push the other’s head to the ground in the backyard.

The reptile expert explains that he is going to try and ‘attempt to grab them at the same time’ before running in to grab only one of the snake’s tails.

He lifts the reptile safely into a bag without a struggle, before running around to try and get to the other which attempts to flee.

‘They are big snakes, some of the biggest red-bellied black snakes I’ve ever seen,’ he says calmly.

The snakes, which he said were the biggest red-bellied blacks he had ever seen, were fighting over a potential mate nearby

The snakes, which he said were the biggest red-bellied blacks he had ever seen, were fighting over a potential mate nearby

Mr McKenzie was called to the home in Woombye, west of the Sunshine Coast after the home owners spotted the snakes duelling (pictured)

Mr McKenzie was called to the home in Woombye, west of the Sunshine Coast after the home owners spotted the snakes duelling (pictured)

He leans in and grabs the other snake, holding it up to the camera in amazement. 

‘There is potentially a female nearby, just because there is two males, but that thing is nearly 5 foot long,’ Mr McKenzie explains.

He then puts the huge snake in the bag before saying ‘you two can biff it out in there’.

The reptile expert takes the snakes away for relocation, holding the two shimmering black creatures before letting them slither away safely into a bush area.

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