Ian is the owner / manager of Snake-Away Services which is a snake catching and removal service in South Australia. One of the most common snakes he is asked to remove is the deadly Eastern Brown Snake.
And has he ever been bitten? Yes. Ian explained “I’ve been bitten by pythons (non-venomous constrictors) hundreds of times, literally. I’ve been bitten twice on the job, the first one being by a 4’ Eastern Brown Snake as I was removing it from inside some one’s lounge room. The
second was about 3 years ago by a Spectacle Hooded Snake also while removing it from inside some one’s house late at night. At a teaching course I was bitten by a Death Adder while demonstrating force feeding venomous snakes, this was in the mid 90′s. In the mid to late 80′s I was bitten by a Spotted Black Snake which hospitalized me for 3 weeks as I nearly lost my left arm due to secondary infections.”
Speaking of being bitten, just as the Dirty Jobs shoot was to begin he was bitten by a 4.5 meter Olive Python. This was not the beginning anyone had expected but the day also wasn’t without some humor. Ian explained, “During lunch, Doug was dared to eat a complete 10″ Strudel Bun within 5 minutes. Barsky promised if he did to pay for his drinks for the rest of the trip. Doug won the bet eating the Strudel in 4 min, 50 seconds, part of the agreement though was he had to keep the Strudel down for the rest of the afternoon, this made more difficult by Barsky ‘accidentally’ bumping him in the stomach several times.”
When asked about working with Mike and the Dirty Jobs crew Ian stated, “It was an absolute joy and they were totally professional.
Check out this video from Dirty Jobs Down Under: Snake Wrangler – HERE