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Snake slithers under a woman's towel in North Beach, WA

  • Swimmers evacuated a Perth beach on Sunday because of a venomous dugite 
  • It had slithered across the sand and underneath a woman's beach towel 
  • A male beachgoer encouraged it away by gradually tugging away its shelter 
  • Dugites are highly venomous and found in southern and coastal parts of WA

By Brooke Rolfe For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 07:52 EST, 14 November 2017 | Updated: 08:59 EST, 14 November 2017

A giant snake caused chaos at a beach on the weekend when it slithered across the sand and underneath a woman's towel.

The estimated one metre dugite left beachgoers terrified after 'sliding past everyone' at Hamersley Pool in North Beach, Perthm and curled up beneath the large beach mat.

Onlookers kept their distance from the scaly serpent, but Lisa Houlihan, who was there with her son and husband, whipped out her camera. 

A giant snake caused chaos at a Perth beach on the weekend when it slithered across the sand and underneath a woman's towel
A giant snake caused chaos at a Perth beach on the weekend when it slithered across the sand and underneath a woman's towel

A giant snake caused chaos at a Perth beach on the weekend when it slithered across the sand and underneath a woman's towel

The estimated one metre dugite (pictured) left beachgoers terrified after 'sliding past everyone' at Hamersley Pool in North Beach
The estimated one metre dugite (pictured) left beachgoers terrified after 'sliding past everyone' at Hamersley Pool in North Beach

The estimated one metre dugite (pictured) left beachgoers terrified after 'sliding past everyone' at Hamersley Pool in North Beach

She filmed as a daring male gradually pulled the towel away, revealing the potentially lethal coiled-up black body beneath.

'Eventually a guy went over and lifted the towel up…the snake stayed there for a while and eventually it took off,' Ms Houlihan told The West Australian.

'We were just sitting there on the beach and suddenly it came sliding along past everyone and then ended up under a lady's towel,' she recalled.

Ms Houlihan said she sought both local council and wildlife handler assistance to have the lost reptile removed, but neither could help in the rare circumstance.

Lisa Houlihan (right), who was there with her son and husband, whipped out her camera to film the encounter as shocked onlookers watched
Lisa Houlihan (right), who was there with her son and husband, whipped out her camera to film the encounter as shocked onlookers watched

Lisa Houlihan (right), who was there with her son and husband, whipped out her camera to film the encounter as shocked onlookers watched

After lifting it up, the snake could be seen coiled up beneath
After lifting it up, the snake could be seen coiled up beneath

She filmed as a daring male gradually pulled the towel away (left), revealing the potentially lethal coiled up black body beneath (right)

Dugites are highly venomous snakes that are often found in the south-west and coastal areas of Western Australia. 

Although normally quite shy in nature, if confronted it can strike quickly and deliver it's highly toxic venom. 

Beachgoers at the scene soon realised they were on their own though if they wanted the snake to find shelter elsewhere. 

'You can contact a professional snake catcher but there's a call-out fee and then it's something like $50 per half-hour until they catch it - how do you work out who pays for that?.'    

Snake catchers were unavailable on weekends, according to parks and sustainability manager Ian Hunter from The City of Stirling.

Beachgoers soon realised they were on their own if they wanted the snake to find shelter elsewhere as snake catchers were unavailable on the weekend
Beachgoers soon realised they were on their own if they wanted the snake to find shelter elsewhere as snake catchers were unavailable on the weekend

Beachgoers soon realised they were on their own if they wanted the snake to find shelter elsewhere as snake catchers were unavailable on the weekend

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