A snake catcher was called for a routine pick up after a woman found a five-foot-long Brown Tree snake lingering on her doorstep, and what he found left him bewildered.
“I could immediately see something wasn’t quite right with the snake,” Mat Hagan from Cairns Snake Catchers told the Daily Mail Australia. “When I picked it up, I noticed it was still biting down firmly on its neck. I thought, 'What on Earth?' It looked like it had bitten its own neck and died.”
The snake was found near a home in Earville, just southwest of Cairns.The woman who called for Hagan’s assistance told him that the snake had been lingering around her home for at least an hour and a half.
Hagan took the dead snake to a vet to see if he could get some closure on its cause of death.
“[The vet] checked to see if it had been run over, but the only thing he could find was swelling near the bite,” Hagan said. “It must have been stung by something and died.”
While there have been reports in the past of animals killing themselves, Hagan doesn’t quite believe that to be the case here.
“Apparently when [snakes] do have a trauma, they do try and bite around the area,” he explained. “I suspect the snake didn’t end its own life on purpose, but was possibly in severe pain and ended up in this unfortunate situation.”
Still, Hagan admits that in his 10 years of catching snakes, he’s never seen a dead snake still latched onto itself.
“It's just a really odd catch,” he said.