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LUNCH: A green tree snake chows down on an eastern water dragon at Alexandra Park Zoo.
LUNCH: A green tree snake chows down on an eastern water dragon at Alexandra Park Zoo. David Flack

IT WAS a tough day for one eastern water dragon when a green tree snake decided to try something different for lunch.

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Wildlife wrangler David Flack took these shots of the pair at Alexandra Park Zoo and said the snake was protective of its prey.

"He was on a fence, but when a crowd started to gather around, he scooted away with it," David said.

"About half an hour later he was gone.

SNAKING AROUND: Snake-catcher David Flack handles an eastern brown.
SNAKING AROUND: Snake-catcher David Flack handles an eastern brown. David Flack

"Normally these snakes are frog eaters, but this one decided to take on a small, prickly water dragon.

"It was quite gruesome as his upper jaw was bleeding from the dragon's spikes."

David is no stranger to scaly specimens. Frogs are his greatest passion and he runs CQ Fauna Services rescuing animals such as magpies and possums. He gained his snake licence in 2009 and his side business Bundaberg Snake Catchers is growing.

"I'm originally from Rocky and I was doing it up there for four or five years, and now I'm starting to ramp it up," he said.

Over the years he's had some slithery situations - a favourite being a sea snake in a Rockhampton fountain.

Another time he coaxed a 1.5m brown snake out of a kitchen sink at a school.

He has never been bitten.

"I think it comes down to the way you treat the snakes," David explained. "If you don't respect the snake it won't respect you. You have to handle it with confidence and make it feel comfortable."

Snakes are defensive, not aggressive, meaning they will only attack if they feel threatened.

If you encounter a snake, his advice: "Leave it alone. If it's right in front of you, stand still; if it doesn't move off, back away very slowly.

"If it's in a room, seal up a room with a towel under the door - and keep an eye on it."

People often misidentify venomous and non-venomous snakes, David said.

If you can't be sure, it's best to call a professional.

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