Watch A Venomous Snake Emerge From Golf Course Hole And Slither By Players

A group of golfers in Australia were shocked when a red-bellied black snake emerged from a golf hole.

By Douglas Helm | Published

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Apparently, venomous snakes might even interrupt your golf game while you’re in Australia! A group of golfers was at the Coast Golf Club in Sydney when a red-bellied black snake slithered out of the cup on the putting green. Fortunately, the serpent seemed content to go along its merry way, and the golfers presumably got back to finishing their game.

While you never really want to interact with a venomous animal, a red-bellied black snake might be the best-case scenario as far as dangerous Australian serpents go. While it’s true that the animal is venomous and should be given space, they’re one of the least aggressive elapid species in the outback. In fact, these big guys would much rather avoid humans completely.

The red-bellied black snake is a fairly common sight in Australia, especially in southeastern Queensland, Victoria, and eastern New South Wales (of which Sydney is the capital.) They are characterized by their sleek black coloring and crimson-red undersides. While the individual in the video was roughly four feet, they can easily get as long as six-and-a-half feet.

It’s not too surprising that this red-bellied black snake showed up at this golf course. Their habitats are usually near water, and the course is right on the coast (along with the presumed water features golf courses typically have). It probably thinks the golf course is as nice as we do.

As a cold-blooded creature, the red-bellied black snake in the video likely hid in the golf hole for a bit to get out of the sun and bring down its temperature. Of course, some noisy golfer and a golf ball entering your napping spot probably isn’t the most enjoyable experience, so it decided to find somewhere else to rest. Luckily the golfers didn’t decide to reach into the hole without looking.

A red-bellied black snake

As mentioned, the red-bellied black snake is fairly timid, so they don’t typically pose a huge threat to humans if you keep your distance. In most cases, the red-bellied serpent will attempt to flee before engaging in any kind of aggressive behavior. If it becomes agitated or feels trapped, it may rise up and hiss at its aggressor as a warning.

Even when threatened, red-bellied black snakes may sometimes do mock strikes with closed mouths to try and scare off aggressors. In short, these reptiles don’t want to interact with you any more than you want to run into them. Of course, if one ends up biting you, it’s important to seek medical attention.

The red-bellied black snake is venomous, though its bite very rarely leads to fatal consequences. Typically, the symptoms for victims may even be mild, though some lead to hospitalization. The potency of the bite is more dangerous for children and pets.

If a red-bellied black snake does bite, the victim may experience symptoms like nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal pain, diarrhea, sweating, local or general muscle pain and weakness, and red-brown urine, according to the Australian Museum. So, while these snakes are pretty unlikely to kill you, they’re still not really an animal you’d want to mess with. You probably wouldn’t want to play an extended round of golf with one either.

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