Teen Decides To Keep World’s Deadliest Animal As A Pet, Ends Horribly

Updated November 10, 2017

A 19-year-old man made a name for himself doing one of the most dangerous things on the planet. He was a snake wrangler from Australia. As you know, Australia is home to some of the most dangerous creatures on the earth, especially when it comes to reptiles like snakes.

But while this young man was playing with his pet snake, which is regarded as one of the most deadly snakes on the planet, it bit him. Now he’s struggling for his life.

Nathan Chetcuti, who hails from Brisbane, Australia, went to return his pet snake to its enclosure on Sunday. But the reptile, which is an inland taipan black snake, the creature lashed out at the snake wrangler. And before the experience animal handler could react, the snake bit him. Its fangs sank in deep, and it pulsed venom into the young man’s bloodstream.

Fortunate, Nathan’s father was nearby and heard the commotion. He got in touch with emergency first responders after the horrific attack.

The snake wrangler’s pet has venom capable of causing significant issues and problems for humans, toxicologist Dr. Geoff Isbister said to the Australian Broadcast Company.

“In terms of its effects, it causes blood not to clot, but its most important effect is it causes neurotoxicity. So if it’s not treated early, it can cause paralysis.”

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Because the snake wrangler got bitten, he was rushed to the intensive care unit. As of November 7, he is still in critical condition. His pet’s venom has put his life in jeopardy.

While he fights for his life at the Redcliffe Hospital in Queensland, Chetcuti’s family waits by his side praying over him.

Although he is only 19, Chetcuti has a YouTube page called Australian Pythons And Other Reptiles, which has amassed more than 4,000 subscribers. He has posted numerous videos, some of which showcase his interaction with non-venomous snakes and reptiles.

However, Chetcuti’s pet inland taipan snake is seriously venomous. It is a ferocious snake from central East Australia. And experts consider it to be the most venomous snake on the planet.

If left untreated, a bite from an inland taipan snake can kill a human in fewer than 45 minutes.

While other snakes including the king cobra and the saw-scaled viper are aggressive, the inland taipan snake usually keeps to itself. It only attacks when it is provoked or mishandled. This was the reason that the life-threatening attack on Chetcuti took everyone by surprise, especially himself and his father.

Back in 2013, a young 17-year-old man received a bite from this snake. Residing in New South Wales at the time, he managed to make a full recovery. But it was not an easy road, and his life was in danger.

After news of this bite started to spread, snake experts and Hunter Valley snake catcher Judy Martin took the snake into her possession.

“They are a very placid snake. They rarely bite,” she said.

Do you think this teen should be playing with snakes? Or is it too dangerous of a hobby for a young man?