Red-bellied black snake scares revellers in heart of Sydney CBD

It’s a sight you might expect at a bush bash but revellers in Sydney’s CBD were shocked to see a deadly snake slithering along George St at the weekend.

The red-bellied black snake caused a real fright for partygoers who called police about 2am on Sunday.

Because the venomous viper was spotted close to city bars and “intoxicated partygoers”, the police called in urgent backup from expert snake catchers.

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“A red-bellied black snake was sighted making its way down George St and sliding into the driveway of an underground carpark,” Cory Kerewaro from Reptile Relocation Sydney posted on Facebook.

”(We went) into the city to go and remove the snake to ensure the safety of both the animal and the intoxicated public.”

But Kerewaro’s colleague, Dylan, said their mission hit a literal brick wall when the reptile slipped into a hole in an underground carpark.

Dylan said he had to chisel away at the wall before he could find and catch the “adventurous” snake.

The snake catchers had to chip away at a brick wall to catch the snake.  Credit: Reptile Relocation Sydney
The red-bellied black snake surprised weekend revellers in Sydney’s busy CBD. Credit: Reptile Relocation Sydney

“Dylan was talking to me, saying ‘We have to get this snake, it’s right across the road from a live music venue’,” Kerewaro told

“I could hear the music in the background.

“His priority was keeping them safe, but also keeping the snake safe.”

Kerewaro said while it was “unusual” to find a red-bellied black snake in the CBD, they were around and had been spotted in the city in the past.

“You’re more likely to find them on the outskirts of the city, but they are there,” he said.

Both the snake and the snake catchers were unharmed during the operation.

The snake will most likely be relocated to a safe area away from the city — and its partygoers.

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