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Australian Museum photo: a tiger snake like that found in the Lake Wellington boat.

Slithery fishing buddy

Slithery fishing buddy

Australian Museum photo: a tiger snake like that found in the Lake Wellington boat.

Tiger snake stowaway in Bob's boat far from shore

A local fisherman had a close call last week when he discovered a one metre tiger snake stowaway while in the middle of Lake Wellington.

The snake was lying between the man and his anchor, leading to distress calls being sent back to land.

Baden Neil from Gippsland Snake Catchers said it took some quick thinking from Bob Thatcher who was 11 kilometres from shore.

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"He ended up throwing a jumper over the snake, which allowed him to pull up his anchor," Baden said.

"And then his son and I met him at the boat ramp where we managed to eventually get it out of the boat."

"He was pretty distressed.

"He jumped out of the boat pretty quickly when he got back. It's not an experience that many people would enjoy being in.

"I got the snake out and released it into the bush about 50 metres away from where we took it out of the boat.

"It was a happy story all round," Baden said.

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