A young Brisbane snake breeder is fighting for life in hospital after being attacked by a deadly inland taipan, that he'd been keeping as a pet.
19 year old Nathan Chetcuti was bitten while trying to put the highly-venomous snake back in its enclosure at his home on Sunday, he remains in intensive care in Redcliffe Hospital.
It's amazing he's still alive, the poison of a inland taipan has the ability to kill an adult in less than 45 minutes. It is believed Nathan's father was there at the time and called Triple Zero.
The snake is one of many reptiles the teenager owns, he regularly posts photos of the beloved creatures on his social media accounts.
Although Inland taipans are considered to be some of the most venomous land snakes in the world, they are described as shy and reclusive in temperament and prefer to escape from trouble than strike.
It is legal to privately own an inland taipan in Australia, as long as the owner has the highest venomous class reptile licence.