The owner of a massive cattle station had a lucky escape when he trod on a deadly brown snake in a dark shed and was struck twice.
George Scott, who owns the historic 282,000ha property Thylungra in central south-west Queensland, shared his terrifying close encounter on Twitter along with a picture of the mangled reptile on Friday.
‘Doesn’t look very big now but when I stood on him in the dark in the feed shed I thought he was six foot,’ Mr Scott commented on the image of the snake, which appeared to be about one-metre long.
‘I knew even in the dark he was an Eastern (brown) the way he boiled.’
Mr Scott told Daily Mail Australia that his tread ‘sadly’ killed the snake.
The eastern brown snake that Thylungra cattle station owner stood on in the pitch dark of a feed shed
‘I came down from a considerable height after my initial launch into space attempt failed due to an iron roof interfering,’ he said about the experience.
‘I was trying to check my legs but my son was yelling at me to get the snake so had to wait.
‘He (the snake) hit me at least twice. Luckily I had boots and good jeans on.’
It is not the first unfortunate run-in the Scott family, which includes six children, has had with deadly brown snakes this year.
Mr Scott said that although the snake struck him twice it was unable to inject venom through his sturdy jeans and boots
In early January Mr Scott tweeted that three of the family’s adored dachshunds, two of which were two-year-olds and one an older dog, were bitten and killed by a brown snake in a single day.
‘Yes it is almost surreal,’ he tweeted at the time.
‘So still and silent here now. Kids kind of can’t believe they are all gone.’
The snake was later found and killed.
The dangers of outback cattle farming also nearly claimed the life of Mr Scott’s brother Bill, who survived a helicopter crash on the property.
In early January a single brown snake bit and killed three much-loved Scott family pets on the property
Mr Scott, whose family hails from Longreach in central Queensland, bought Thylungra in 2008 for a reported $10.5 million from Clyde Agriculture.
He turned what had at one time been considered the biggest sheep farm in the world into cattle country.
At the time, Mr Scott said he was looking forward to the challenge.
‘This is a very big step for the Scott family,’ he said.
‘It’s considerably bigger than anything we’ve been involved with in the past and it’s a signature property.
‘It’s a great asset to have in the family name. We really look forward to a long association with it.
‘We are cattle people and certainly we intend to run cattle on Thylungra.’
Mr Scott owns the giant Thylungra cattle station located in central south west Queensland
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