After seeing a brown snake in the front yard of a neighbour’s house, Rodney Williams did the unthinkable and picked it up before biting its head off.
He then bit it on the stomach and tail in the yard of the home at Glenroi, in central west NSW.
Mr Williams, who admits he’d had a few drinks before the incident, said he considered it a “learning experience”.
“I bit its head off first so it couldn't bite me,” he said.
“I’ll probably do it better next time.”
Mr Williams told Fairfax he’d seen other Koori people kill snakes in a similar way and had always wanted to try it himself.
“That’s how you kill a snake, you don’t use a shovel,” he said.
“I was born and bred in this street [Adina Crescent] and I’ve never seen a king brown here before but there’s a few red-bellied blacks around.”
The snake was found and killed in Leumeah Road adjacent to Adina Crescent.
Mr Williams said he would tell his four grandchildren what happened but hopes they won’t try it themselves.
Orange hospital confirmed a man was examined for a possible snake bite yesterday but he wasn’t admitted for treatment.
Hours after the encounter Mr Williams told Fairfax he felt so well he discharged himself from hospital.