A tiger snake was found slithering down a main street of Melbourne’s CBD on Thursday afternoon.
The snake, which is highly venomous, was found around lunchtime outside Southern Cross Station near the corner of Collins and Spencer streets.
Please avoid the corner of Collins & Spencer streets. We’re currently trying to remove a snake who seems to be a little lost. pic.twitter.com/ujN3IU52uw
— City of Melbourne (@cityofmelbourne) February 22, 2018
Yup. A TIGER SNAKE. Corner Collins & Spencer Streets. Now. Snake-catcher on the way. ???? pic.twitter.com/MH1ho6bNse
— Jane Holmes (@Missjaneradio) February 22, 2018
Its unlikely appearance threw the city and commuters into a frenzy and forced police to cordon off the area.
This tiger snake – given the nickname ‘Spencer Collins’ by emergency workers – knows how to pull a crowd. pic.twitter.com/fohSON6vPn
— Ebony Bowden (@ebonybowden) February 22, 2018
There's a tiger snake in the CBD! Police guarding till handlers arrive, traffic as usual on Spencer St X Colins pic.twitter.com/obR0T2ciMn
— Amber Schultz (@AmberMaySchultz) February 22, 2018
Luckily Barry the snake catcher saved the day, and the incident was all over in around an hour.
— Sarah Vanin (@SarahVanin) February 22, 2018
Tiger snakes normally inhabit watery environments and have a typically aggressive nature.
While it’s not known how it made its way to the city, it’s not the first time a tiger snake has been found in a strange place.
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