Deadly snakes decorate 'Christmas tree' in Australia

Backpacker Maxime Zimmermann found three snakes belonging to Snake Man (right) wrapped around a festive pole in Melbourne.
Backpacker Maxime Zimmermann found three snakes belonging to Snake Man (right) wrapped around a festive pole in Melbourne. Photo credit: Facebook/Maxime Zimmermann;Facebook/Snake Man

A backpacker in Australia found three deadly snakes wrapped around a makeshift Christmas tree on a Melbourne street.

The image was posted to the Australia Backpackers 2019 Facebook group, and shows the snakes twisted together with green and silver tinsel around the pole.

Posted online by Maxime Zimmermann, the caption said: "Just in Australia... Snakes hanging on a christmas tree in Melbourne."

Facebook commenters said the snakes are a red-bellied black snake, an eastern brown and a tiger snake, all of which are highly venomous, according to the Australian Museum.

Speaking to the Daily Mail Australia, Zimmermann said the snakes were pets and had been purposely placed there by their owner for a festive picture.

"The snakes belong to this one guy I met in the street in Melbourne."

He said Raymond Moser, known on Facebook as 'Snake Man', told him the snakes were no longer poisonous because their venom had been removed.

Comments under the photo were surprised all three snakes were seen together.

"Why are those three all together? Let alone all together up a lamp post in a city? I am Australian and this is the weirdest thing I've ever seen."

"How they got our three most venomous snakes on the same pole, I’ll never know."

"They're plastic right, because otherwise I gotta look for flights asap."

It isn't Snake Man's first Christmas photo this year with his reptiles. So far in December, he has posted three festive photos to his Facebook page, each with snakes wrapped around a different pole in Melbourne.

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