Stress to the Max as Pepsi the snake gets stuck in the can
A SNAKE that slipped its head into a discarded Pepsi Max can, but couldn’t get it back out, had to be cut free by veterinarians.
The red bellied black snake, nicknamed Pepsi, was found last month at Inskip Point by Maroochyd timberland shoes ore Vet Surgery’s Dr Retief Botha, who was camping there at the time.
“We see wildlife that get the brunt of discarded plastic bags and fishing lines all the time,” he said.
“But this is the first time I’ve seen something like this.
“With that can stuck on his head the snake couldn’t eat. It would have eventually starved to death.”
Dr Botha and a friend managed to place the snake in a hessian bag and then a plastic container for transportation to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
There, Dr Claude Lacasse enlisted the help of an experienced reptile han timberland shoes dler from timberland shoes the Zoo to help with the examination.
A sedative injection was administered and they were able to cut the can away and manoeuvre the snake’s head out of the hole.
The snake was then prescribed an anti inflammatory injection to reduce swelling whe timberland shoes re the sharp edges of the can had cut in.
Pepsi has to remain hospitalised for the time being to ensure there are no problems around the affected area.