Fisherman finds huge tiger snake in boat at Lake Wellington in East Gippsland, ...

Fisherman is stunned to find a metre-long venomous tiger snake 'poking its tongue out' while on his tiny boat 11 kilometres out at sea Seasoned fisherman from Victoria discovered venomous snake hiding in boat Bob Thatcher, 79, was boating on Lake Wellington when he found the tiger snake He quickly travelled back to shore where a snake catcher rescued the reptile 

By Kirsten Jelinek For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 03:16 BST, 4 May 2021 | Updated: 03:17 BST, 4 May 2021

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A fisherman was stunned to find a metre-long tiger snake slithering around his feet while onboard his boat 11 kilometres out to sea.

Angler Bob Thatcher, 79, was fishing on Lake Wellington in the East Gippsland region of Victoria when he spotted an unexpected stowaway hiding in the corner of his boat. 

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'I looked down and there's this tiger snake, sitting there I suppose about 30 centimeters from my feet,' he told 9News. 

A seasoned Victorian fisherman discovered the tiger snake hiding inside his boat in Victoria

A seasoned Victorian fisherman discovered the tiger snake hiding inside his boat in Victoria 

'I stood there and watched it for the while and it was poking its tongue out.' 

Not sure how to handle the precarious situation, Mr Thatcher decided to throw a jumper over the venomous reptile to 'stir it up'.  

'Then it went back [to] the left-hand side of the boat where it was behind the tackle,' he said.  

Gippsland Snake Catchers captured the reptile from the boat at Lake Wellington in Victoria

Gippsland Snake Catchers captured the reptile from the boat at Lake

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