IT was tricky business on Monday afternoon when snake catcher Greg Pringle had to extricate an eastern brown snake from a rabbit trap.
The two-metre snake was found in the clutches of the trap in a shed on Wallace's Lane at Borenore.
How it ended up there was easy enough to explain.
"The trap was set to catch rats in the shed and when the snake took off after a rat the trap went off on him," Mr Pringle said.
"Apart from a couple of small marks he seemed fine ... when I put him down to release him he just took off into the bush"
It was a delicate operation to free the snake, which was understandably testy throughout the ordeal, with Mr Pringle taking every precaution to ensure his own safety, as well as the snake's
"I held his head in my left hand and his tail in my right hand as I maneuvered the trap open with my foot," he explained.
Thankfully, there was a happy ending to the story.
"He was still very lively when I got him out and apart from a couple of small marks he seemed fine," Mr Pringle said.
"When I put him down to release him he just took off into the bush."