A veteran snake catcher has been called in for help after a metre-long serpent was spotted curled up beneath a microwave inside the staff kitchen of a Victorian government agency office.
Mark Pelley, known as the snake hunter, said he received the phone call from a Parks Victoria staff member about 9.30am on Monday.
Upon arrival at the office in Westerfolds Park, Templestowe, Mr Pelley said he saw the head of the eastern tiger snake poking out from under the microwave.
He said he lifted the microwave out from the cupboard and, within minutes, captured the snake.
Mr Pelley said in all his years wrangling serpents across Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne, he had never caught one hiding under a microwave.
“The office staff did a great job of watching it from a safe distance – they all had their cameras out videoing me and gave a big cheer when I captured it,” he said.
“The closest a snake has ever been to a microwave in my experience was a snake hiding on the third shelf of someone’s pantry behind a Milo tin … but never under a microwave.”
Eastern tiger snakes can grow up to two metres long.
They are considered highly venomous and should never be approached.