DISCOVER THE SNAKE: A deadly brown snake causes a stir at the popular McLaren Vale winery
A deadly reptile has been spotted nesting along a busy thoroughfare at one of South Australia’s most popular wineries.
Experts were called in to capture the young eastern brown snake, which was well hidden on the cobbled stairways “which are used regularly”. can you spot it
Adelaide Snake Catcher’s Ange Broadstock was called to Wirra Wirra Winery on Wednesday to help catch the small brown snake that had overstayed her reception.
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Staff kept an eye on it for about 40 minutes before Broadstock arrived so they could point them in the right direction of the easily missed line.
A picture of the snake was posted to Facebook, where some people were unsure if the reptile was even in the frame.
“All I can see are bricks, dirt and leaves. Someone help me out of here and please tell me where it is. Would like to know what I’m looking for,” one person wrote.
“I went to SpecSavers and still couldn’t see it,” wrote another.
Broadstock told 7NEWS.com.au when the snake arrived “it had just stuck its little head out the side of the step”.
“It took me about an hour to get him out,” she said.
“He kept sticking his head out, then sticking it back in and going around the other side.”
A little creative thinking and a hose were all Broadstock needed to flush the little guy out.
“I filled the side gap with some paper so it wouldn’t spill the other way when I rinsed it with water,” she said.
“Eventually he gave up because he didn’t like it, so we were lucky. His whole body came out and I grabbed him.”
While the snake’s small size might suggest mum and dad aren’t far apart, Broadstock told 7NEWS.com.au, “It doesn’t work that way.”
“This little one isn’t a cub, you’d think it was a year or two old. On my own,” she said.
Broadstock said its hiding place correlates with seasonal lodging by hibernating snakes.
“They’re starting to look for their winter spots now, so maybe that explains that,” she said.
“He kept coming up on the steps and sunning himself and you can’t have that with people pacing because he’s so small you hardly see him. If someone steps on him, that’s not ideal.”
The staircase does not serve the cellar door and is in a rear area of the winery accessible to staff so customers don’t get too close for comfort.
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