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Snakecatcher loses dogs to eastern brown

AAP logoAAP 2/11/2016 Stuart Layt

A Queensland snake catcher hopes the death of his two dogs due to snakebite can serve as a warning that no one should be complacent about the reptiles.

Gold Coast snake catcher Tony Harrison posted a video to his YouTube channel on Wednesday, in which he tearfully explains the aftermath of the attack on October 25.

In the video, Mr Harrison said he had been having a busy day catching snakes for other people, only to come home and find his two dogs, Mumba and Gus, acting strangely.

"When I came home ... one of the dogs, Mumba, she was walking funny. She couldn't lift her head up. She had a bit of blood on her nose," he said.

However, because they were still walking, Mr Harrison thought they had been poisoned.

But when he took them to the vet, Mumba died in the car, while Gus died of internal bleeding at the veterinary surgery.

"I've spent my whole life trying to help people, then I'm not there to help my own family," he said.

Mr Harrison then finds the broken body of an eastern brown snake during a search of his backyard.

The video ends with a series of signs to watch out for that signal a snake might be on your property.

Queensland Ambulance Service delivered a snake warning last month as the weather heats up, saying snakebite incidents have been increasing across the state.

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