‘You don’t know the full story’: Mum defends trying to kill a snake with a shovel because it could hurt her two young children – but not everyone is convinced it’s the best idea
- Young WA mother’s TikTok about wanting to kill a deadly snake goes viral
- Snake believed to be a dugite, which is ‘highly toxic’, very dangerous to humans
- Trying to kill snakes is very dangerous but many TikTok followers supported her
A protective young mother has launched a fiery defence of her efforts to kill a deadly snake after receiving online hate for trying to ‘shovel it’.
TikTok creator Jessica – who goes by the username @onlyfans.gurl – went viral with her explanation of why she felt justified trying to kill a dugite snake hanging around her backyard.
‘Today I posted this video of a metre-long dugite at my back door and I got hate for saying I tried to shovel it. Well guess what? You don’t know the full story,’ the young mum, who lives two hours south-east of Perth at Narrogin, said.
The dugite was still alive – and burrowing for mice – when Jessica was discussing it with her followers on TikTok on Tuesday
Jessica failed to kill the snake after making calls asking for help but finding nobody was available to remove it. As of Tuesday she was still waiting for help, but preparing to kill the snake if necessary.
‘My kids and I have to walk past that to get to the bathroom and toilet. My kids are three and seven and we’re an hour away from a hospital, a dugite’s venom can kill you really fast, especially when you’re that small.’
‘If either of my kids got bitten, they would die by the time we got to the hospital.’
Jessica claimed she had called three snake catchers, her local council and ‘called the ranger’ – but no one came.
‘So of course I’m going to do it myself. I’m a mum, I’ve got to protect my young.’
The dugite is a relative of the brown snake and considered ‘highly toxic’ and ‘very dangerous to humans’, according to the Australian Museum.
‘Its prevalence in residential areas and nervous disposition have helped make it responsible for approximately 70 per cent of all snake bites reporting to Perth hospitals but thanks to prompt and effective intervention, there has been only one recorded fatality,’ the museum said.
In the video Jessica posted, the snake is still alive, with its head in the ground – she says digging for mice.
The Dugite snake (pictured) is a WA relative of the highly venomous Eastern Brown snake
Some commented on her video saying it was potentially more dangerous to try to kill the snake than to wait or leave it. Jessica responded saying, ‘it’s living under my house, it’s not just going to go away’.
The official advice is clear: don’t try to kill snakes.
‘If you find a snake: Do not approach or aggravate it in any way. Most bites occur when people accidentally step on snakes, or while attempting to kill them,’ said the the WA Government’s ‘dealing with snakes’ webpage.
She added that she had owned pets that died from dugite bites, ‘hence why I hate them’.
Plenty of TikTok users supported Jessica too.
One woman wrote: ‘I would have chopped it into pieces’, and another said: ‘Good job mumma, no snake will ever be more important than your kiddos’.
After several hours of replying to messages, Jessica said she had contacted local wildlife authorities to again ask for help, but again defended her intention to ‘off it’ if she felt threatened.