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Snake's spectacular slip on tricky tightrope trip

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 14/02/2018 Luke Cooper

The deadly reptile was caught sliding along a wire fence at the Bangor Vineyard Shed in Dunalley, Tasmania © Nine News The deadly reptile was caught sliding along a wire fence at the Bangor Vineyard Shed in Dunalley, Tasmania A tiger snake has been caught on camera performing a high-wire act during a visit to a Tasmanian vineyard.

The deadly reptile was captured in footage posted to Facebook yesterday at the Bangor Vineyard Shed in Dunalley, east of Hobart, balancing itself on a thin wire fence.

The snake can be seen teetering slightly from side to side as it moved from one end of the fence to the other on a wire cable, but managed to stay upright.

Halfway through the adventure, in attempting to transfer from one wire cable to another, the snake almost fell but managed to regain balance by coiling parts of its body around the fence.

In the post, the team behind the Bangor Vineyard Shed Facebook page said tiger snakes are a common site at the vineyard, but have never been seen climbing.

“We see them quite often on the farm, and it is wonderful to have them around… It was definitely a fascinating thing to see - what great poise and balance,” the post reads.

“After I took the video he continued on his merry way, and I guess he climbed back down to the ground when he'd had enough up there.

“Oh, and for those a bit concerned about having to share their next glass of wine, or wedding, with him - don't worry, this is right down the other end of the farm.”

The video has since been shared more than 24,000 times, with many of the page’s followers seeing the lighter side of the deadly reptile’s tightrope performance.

One follower, Callan Jones, commented: “Snake no. 1 – ‘I bet you can’t slither along the top wire of that fence,’. Snake no. 2 - “Hold my Pinot’.” 

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